£60m spent to counter impact of bedroom tax
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.”