Bedroom tax

Blog: The return of the Bedroom Tax monster?

In a guest blog for the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Shelter Scotland’s Aoife Deery says there are big questions regarding the future affordability of social housing.

Published 25 January 2017

Mixed results for ‘bedroom tax’ challenge at Supreme Court

Social housing sector tenants who challenged the so called ‘bedroom tax’ have received a mixed outcome at the Supreme Court.

Published 10 November 2016

Programme for Government 2016-17 – Housing at a glance

After First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government to MSPs at Holyrood yesterday, Scottish Housing News highlights the details of interest to housing associations and the wider sector.

Published 7 September 2016

Sector welcomes Programme for Government

The Scottish Government’s priority for warm homes has “lit up” the Programme for Government and been welcomed across the sector.

Published 7 September 2016

‘Bedroom tax’ fails to free up larger homes, finds London housing association group

Research by a group of London housing association’s has found that the ‘bedroom tax’ has failed in its objective to free up larger social homes in the city.

Published 18 August 2016

Campaigners urge political parties to make welfare a priority

The Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR) has written to political candidates across Scotland to ask them to commit to using new powers to create a fairer social security system.

Published 15 March 2016

New agency set up to deliver devolved social security payments

A new delivery agency will be set up to administer social security payments worth £2.7 billion when they are devolved to Scotland, social justice secretary Alex Neil announced today.

Published 1 March 2016

Tenants take ‘bedroom tax’ fight to Supreme Court

Lawyers representing people with disabilities and adult carers will go to the Supreme Court today for a 3-day hearing to argue that the ‘bedroom tax’ unjustifiably discriminates against disabled people.

Published 29 February 2016

Holyrood unveils £10.3bn for local government to freeze council tax for ninth year

Scottish local authorities will receive a total funding package of £10.3 billion in 2016-17 as council tax will be frozen for the ninth consecutive year, deputy first minister John Swinney confirmed yesterday.

Published 26 February 2016

97 per cent of annual Discretionary Housing Payments fund already committed

Local authorities in Scotland have spent or committed 97 per cent of the total estimated funding for Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) awards during 2015/16.

Published 24 February 2016

Court of Appeal rules ‘bedroom tax’ discriminatory

Judges in the Court of Appeal have declared the so-called bedroom tax discriminatory following legal challenges made by the family of a seriously disabled teenager and by a domestic violence victim.

Published 27 January 2016

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

More 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’.

Published 7 January 2016

Official study reveals ‘bedroom tax’ is driving people into hunger and debt

The ‘bedroom tax’ is forcing people to cut back on food and essential items while burdening them with large personal debts, an official government study has revealed.

Published 18 December 2015

Scottish Budget: £90m increase to affordable housing fund and tax on second homes

The Scottish Government has announced a year-year increase of £90 million to its affordable housing budget to help it achieve its target of delivering 50,000 affordable homes during the next parliament.

Published 17 December 2015

Parliamentary report calls for ‘significant overhaul’ of Scotland’s welfare system

Paying the housing element of Universal Credit direct to landlords and the immediate abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’ are needed if Scotland is to create a welfare system which treats claimants with dignity and respect, MSPs have said.

Published 14 December 2015