Residents to get cash towards bedroom tax

The Scottish Government has announced details of how its £20m pot for local authorities to help householders struggling with the bedroom tax and other housing costs will be allocated.

Dumfries and Galloway Council is to get an extra £977,596 and Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We welcome the speed at which the Scottish Government has moved to make an extra £977,596 available to Dumfries and Galloway Council. The council can now offer a lifeline to even more households in Dumfries and Galloway struggling to pay their rent as a direct result of the iniquitous bedroom tax.

“The challenge now is for Dumfries and Galloway Council to act quickly and get the money to tenants to help them pay their rent. Dumfries and Galloway Council must make sure that struggling tenants know that more help is at hand and do all they can to help the maximum number of people this year.

“Shelter Scotland encourages anyone in Dumfries and Galloway who is struggling with their rent as a result of welfare reform, including the bedroom tax, to apply for discretionary housing payments and for those who applied and were turned down before this money was made available, to reapply.”

Graeme Brown added: “While it still won’t help everyone in Scotland affected by the bedroom tax, we know that at least one in seven - maybe as many as one in three - families and individuals can now be helped, many more than before this £20m was announced.”