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Bedroom Tax and Discretionary Housing Payments Ministerial Statement, 07/05/14 [S]

Ministerial Statement in the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2014 from the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Nicola Sturgeon, on the Bedroom Tax and Discretionary Housing Payments.

She said:

"I want today to encourage local authorities to review their discretionary housing payment procedures to ensure that there are no unnecessary barriers to tenants applying for a DHP. The point about encouraging and enabling tenants to apply for DHPs is a very important one. The Scottish Government is able to mitigate the impact of the bedroom tax; unfortunately, however, we are not yet legally able to abolish it. That means that tenants are still legally responsible for the rent that is due as a result of the reduction in their housing benefit. It is important, therefore, to send this very clear message to social tenants today: If you are affected by the bedroom tax, help is available, but you must apply for this help. You must engage with your landlord and apply for a DHP as soon as possible to enable you to pay the shortfall in your rent, and you should do so even if you have been refused a DHP in the past".

For full details see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 7 May 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 7 May 2014

Scottish Government news release