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28 May 2015

Stevenson Highlights SNP Action to Mitigate Bedroom Tax

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, is highlighting new figures published this week which show the Scottish Government’s decisive action to mitigate against Westminster’s unfair Bedroom Tax in Aberdeenshire and Moray.

The Discretionary Housing Payments in Scotland figures show that a total of £922,274 was distributed in Aberdeenshire and a total of £437,922 in Moray – helping local people affected by the Tories’ Bedroom Tax.

Mr Stevenson said:

“The Scottish Government has used every power at its disposal to limit the damage caused by the Tory government’s welfare cuts – providing real support to some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Aberdeenshire and Moray.

“Discretionary Housing Payments provide a real lifeline for the 70,000 households in Scotland affected Westminster’s Bedroom Tax– and these figures are a welcome reminder of the real help the SNP is providing in government to mitigate against this unfair policy."

He added:

“It is absolutely ridiculous that the Scottish Government finds itself in the position of having to spend scarce resources on mitigating against an unfair attack on the poor which Scotland’s people have comprehensively rejected.

“The fact is that the Bedroom Tax should never have been imposed on Scotland in the first place – and the SNP in government must have the powers we need to abolish the Bedroom Tax as soon as possible.”
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