£56.9m spend on housing payments
More than 100,000 grants have been paid by a scheme used to mitigate Westminster’s so-called bedroom tax, figures show.
Between April and September this year, councils made 100,635 awards via the Discretionary Housing Payments 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 containing the figures said.
Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said making the payments was the “right thing to do”.