£60m spent to counter im­pact of bed­room tax

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MORE than 100,000 grants have been paid out by the scheme used to mit­i­gate West­min­ster’s bed­room tax in Scot­land, fig­ures re­veal.

Be­tween April and Septem­ber this year, coun­cils made 100,635 awards via the Dis­cre­tionary Hous­ing Pay­ments (DHPs) scheme, to­talling £56.9mil­lion.

These in­cluded “a size­able num­ber of cases” when BY KATRINE BUSSEY peo­ple were af­fected by the re­moval of the spare room sub­sidy, says a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­port.

So­cial Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Shirley-Anne Somerville said the amount of cash spent on this was “galling”.

She said mak­ing the pay­ments was the “right thing to do”, with more than 70,000 house­holds re­ceiv­ing help to stay in their homes. By the end of Septem­ber this year, coun­cils spent 93 per cent of £60.9mil­lion the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment bud­geted on DHPs for 2018-19.

Somerville said: “These fig­ures pro­vide fur­ther ev­i­dence of the cost to Scot­tish min­is­ters of pro­tect­ing peo­ple from the very worst im­pacts of UK Gov­ern­ment wel­fare re­form.”

CON­CERNED Somerville

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