£56.9m spend on hous­ing pay­ments

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

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”.

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