Bedroom tax

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

New research reveals ‘bedroom tax’ is damaging children’s education

Experts have called on the UK government to review its ‘bedroom tax’ policy after a new study revealed the reform is having a serious impact on children’s ability to learn.

Published 9 December 2015

Glasgow top for bedroom tax cases -- SFHA says: new powers could consign ‘bedroom tax’ to history

Commenting on the DWP’s Housing Benefit caseload statistics which show that the City of Glasgow Area has the highest number of ‘bedroom tax’ cases in the UK at 12,443, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) said that it hoped the new powers offered in the Scotland Bill to vary the level of the ‘bedroom tax’ to zero will, once enacted, be used by the Scottish Parliament to consign it to history.

Published 13 November 2015

Sturgeon reveals plans for rent controls with new Private Tenancies Bill

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has laid out plans to introduce new bills to improve security for private tenants, introduce rent controls and abolish the ‘bedroom tax’ as early as possible.

Published 1 September 2015

Discretionary Housing Payments used to ‘paper over the cracks’ of poor policies

Shelter Scotland has cautioned against Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) being viewed as a long-term solution to Scotland’s housing crisis after new figures revealed a 37 per cent increase in the number of awards.

Published 25 August 2015

Welsh government urged to follow Scottish lead on ‘bedroom tax’

An influential assembly committee has called on the Welsh Government to look again at whether it should follow the Scottish model of ‘bedroom tax’ mitigation.

Published 29 July 2015

Housing benefit cut ‘could make 1,000 young Scots homeless’

As many as 1,000 young Scots will be forced into homelessness as a result of the “catastrophic” impact Tory welfare cuts could have on our most vulnerable 18 to 21-year-olds, Shelter Scotland has warned.

Published 27 July 2015

Budget 2015: New welfare changes as damaging as bedroom tax

The chief executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has said new welfare changes could be as devastating to the sector as the bedroom tax.

Published 9 July 2015

Charities to play ‘crucial role’ in developing new social security powers

Charities and groups that work with people who receive benefits will play a crucial role in developing Scotland’s new social security powers, social justice secretary Alex Neil will say today.

Published 24 June 2015

Bedroom tax ruling ‘opens the door’ for separated parents

A tribunal in England has ruled that separated parents are being wrongly charged with the ‘bedroom tax’ in a ruling that can open the floodgates for thousands of claimants.

Published 11 June 2015

Conservatives reveal ‘bedroom tax’ concerns

David Cameron’s former speech writer has urged the prime minister to axe the ‘bedroom tax’ after revealing concerns about the policy’s impact.

Published 10 June 2015

Report: The Smith Commission and beyond: the devolution of housing benefit to the Scottish Parliament

Shelter Scotland has published a paper which sets out the principles it believes should underpin further devolution of social security - including housing benefit – to the Scottish Parliament, and what steps the Scottish Government and UK governments should take in relation to the devolution of social security.

Published 2 June 2015

Councils overspend Discretionary Housing Payments by £3m

Local authorities in Scotland made just over 118,000 awards under the Discretionary Housing Payments (DHPs) scheme during 2014/15, with a total value of over £50 million granted through to 31st March 2015, new statistics have revealed.

Published 27 May 2015