Bed­room tax cash handed out is galling: Shirley-Anne

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

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

These in­cluded “a size­able num­ber of cases” when peo­ple were af­fected by the re­moval of the spare room sub­sidy – dubbed the “bed­room tax” by op­po­nents – the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment re­port said.

So­cial Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary ShirleyAnne Somerville said the amount of cash spent was “galling”.

She said mak­ing the pay­ments was the “right thing to do”, with more than 70,000 house­holds get­ting help to stay in their homes.

By the end of Septem­ber this year, coun­cils has spent 93 per cent of the £60.9 mil­lion the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment bud­geted for DHPs for 2018-19.

Ms 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.”

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