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Scottish bedroom tax cap lifted

Issue No. 2402

Protesting against the bedroom tax

Protesting against the bedroom tax (Pic: Duncan Brown)

The government has said it will allow the Scottish government to decide how much Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) can be given to bedroom tax victims.

This removes the last obstacle to the Scottish government’s pledge to effectively end the bedroom tax in Scotland by using DHP to reimburse those affected.

Campaigners hailed this as a victory—but pointed out that Scottish councils are still hounding tenants over the bedroom tax. 

They demanded that councils stop means testing bedroom tax victims for DHP and use the funding to reimburse everyone.

They also called for the government to refund people for the bedroom tax they have already paid.

Gail Morrow, Secretary of the Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation said, “We will continue fighting to see all bedroom tax arrears that have accrued over the last year quashed and all monies refunded to those who went without necessities in order to pay.” 

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