Bed­room tax rent ar­rears is­sue

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

One th i rd of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil ten­ants af­fected by the bed­room tax in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang are in rent ar­rears.

But the lo­cal au­thor­ity says it is mak­ing up the deficit in peo­ple’s rent via dis­cre­tionary hous­ing pay­ments.

Fig­ures ob­tained by the Re­former show that as of De­cem­ber 31, 2015, 352 ten­ants in Ruther­glen were af­fected by un­der oc­cu­pancy rules which sees a per­son’s hous­ing ben­e­fit docked by 14 per cent if they have a spare bed­room. That rises to 25 per cent in house­holds with two or more ex­tra rooms.

In Ruther­glen 114 coun­cil ten­ants af­fected by the bed­room tax are in rent ar­rears, as are 133 of the 497 peo­ple af­fected in Cam­bus­lang.

The coun­cil said the vast ma­jor­ity of dis­cre­tionary hous­ing pay­ments made in the first three quar­ters of the 2015/ 16 fi­nan­cial year were to cover the gap left by de­duc­tions in hous­ing ben­e­fit.

It said 5,061 dis­cre­tionary hous­ing pay­ments were di­rectly re­lated to the bed­room tax. The re­main­ing 829 pay­ments made re­late to fac­tors such as the ben­e­fit cap and other cir­cum­stances where a ten­ant, in re­ceipt of hous­ing ben­e­fit, can demon­strate gen­uine fi­nan­cial hard­ship. For kitchens as in­di­vid­ual as you are QUAL­ITY KITCHEN FACELIFTS





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