SFHA welcomes call for urgent review of impact of ‘bedroom tax’
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In response to the motion passed at the Liberal Democrats’ UK Autumn Conference yesterday (Monday 16th September) calling for the urgent review of the ‘bedroom tax’, Mary Taylor, Chief Executive of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations said:
“While the motion itself was cautiously worded, the result was very clearly critical of this policy. The debate and result sends a message to the leadership about the depth of concerns felt within the party about the impact the ‘bedroom tax’ is having on the people affected. The amendments to the motion which recognise the extra funds available to the Government to help those affected, suggests that the Government is listening and trying to mitigate, but ultimately the case from the floor of the conference was that people are being punished for not living in houses which they haven’t access to.”
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1. The SFHA was established in 1976 and has around 119 members providing affordable housing and wider community services in Scotland, as well as a further 200 commercial members. The SFHA is owned by its membership and exists to support the work of housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland by providing services, advice and good practice guidance.
2. The SFHA is the voice of the principal builders and managers of new affordable housing for rent in Scotland. Housing Associations own and manage around 40% of the country’s affordable rented housing stock, over a quarter of a million homes across Scotland.
3. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.