Friday, 28 August 2015

Tale of two governments over Bedroom Tax

Almost 3,500 struggling North Ayrshire families have been hammered by the UK Tory Government’s Bedroom Tax in the past year.

The shocking figure came to light this week when it was revealed the SNP Scottish Government has stepped-in to provide the local families with over £1.5-million to combat benefit-reductions imposed by the UK Department for Work and Pensions.  The Bedroom Tax slashes much-needed benefits if people are deemed to have more bedrooms in their home than the UK Government says they need.

Across Scotland as a whole, 84,000 families hit by the Tories’ Bedroom Tax have subsequently received help from the SNP Government in the current financial year.

Local MSP Margaret Burgess said, “I welcome that the Scottish Government has helped many of my constituents after they have been hit by Tory Bedroom Tax.

“The Scottish Government is providing £35-million to help mitigate against this unfair, deeply unpopular tax through the Scottish Welfare Fund, which is helping those hit hardest by the ideological Tory assault on the least well-off people in society.”

The SNP MSP for Cunninghame South noted, “This week Iain Duncan Smith, the Tory Cabinet Secretary with responsibility for Social Security, has made clear he intends to further cut support for disabled people, so we have a tale of two Governments.  While the SNP Scottish Government works to support the most vulnerable, the Tories are intent on showing they cannot be trusted on welfare.”

Mrs Burgess, who is also the Scottish Government Minister for Housing and Welfare, says the Scottish Parliament needs “full powers over the welfare state to allow us to support and empower people, rather than pushing more into poverty like the Tories have done.”

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