Dundee’s ‘bedroom tax’ mitigation fund could top £2m

Dundee City CouncilMore than £2 million could be available to tenants in Dundee in the next financial year to offset reductions in their housing benefit caused by the ‘bedroom tax’.

A Dundee City Council contribution of £150,000 and an updated policy on Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) will be discussed by councillors on Monday (January 11).

Willie Sawers, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee and finance spokesman, said: “As a council it is vital that we do all we possibly can to help the most vulnerable members of our communities who are being hit hardest by changes made to the welfare system by the UK government.

“More than 3,300 council and housing association tenants in Dundee who are affected by changes being made to housing benefit, have already had the worst effects offset by DHPs in this and the previous financial year.

“When combined with money from DWP and £1.6m from the Scottish Government our contribution alleviates major hardship for people who suffer the most.”

The proposed updated policy has been designed to help people sustain their tenancies, alleviate poverty, support vulnerable young people in their transition to adult life and to help keep families together.


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