SFHA: Scottish Housing Regulator’s Report Points to Rising Arrears
Published by SFHA for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Universal Credit
Commenting on the survey published today (Wednesday 23rd October) by the Scottish Housing Regulator which shows that the majority of social landlords are reporting an increase in their rent arrears because of the ‘bedroom tax’, (1) David Ogilvie, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) Policy Manager said:
“The Scottish Housing Regulator’s report provides the sector with a useful baseline to measure the impact of welfare reforms over time.
“However, it comes as no surprise to us that this survey shows that the majority of housing associations in Scotland are reporting an increase in their rent arrears because of the under occupation restrictions - the so-called ‘bedroom tax’.
“The fact remains that many tenants hit by the ‘bedroom tax’ are left in a desperate situation which risks putting them into rent arrears. The short supply of cheaper, smaller properties means many affected households are stuck facing a shortfall in their rent support.
“Whilst it is still very early days, this survey’s findings provide concrete evidence of a worrying upwards trend in arrears. This heralds tough times ahead for Scottish social landlords – be they housing associations, co-operatives or local authorities – as they face the twin challenges of increasing service delivery costs and reducing income. Both of these challenges arise directly from welfare reform. ”
“Given the emerging trends in this research, the SFHA reiterates its call for the unfair and incompetent ‘bedroom tax’ to be repealed.”
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- Early Impacts of Welfare Reform on Rent Arrears - Research Report
- 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. www.sfha.co.uk
- 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.
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