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SNP and Labour fail bedroom tax test

Issue No. 2350

The two main political parties in Scotland say they oppose the bedroom tax.

The Scottish National Party (SNP) runs the devolved Scottish government. It says that there will be no bedroom tax if Scotland becomes independent in 2016. 

The SNP has called on councils to pass non-eviction policies for some tenants who fall into arrears.

But it has refused to make a change to Scottish law that would shield all tenants from the tax.

Labour controls most of Scotland’s 32 councils and has members on the boards of many more of the housing associations. 

But Labour refuses to pass no-eviction policies. Both parties will be complicit if tenants lose their homes.


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