SFHA welcomes call by Scottish Affairs Committee for repeal of ‘bedroom tax’
Published by SFHA for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities, Universal Credit
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the report published today (Monday 16th December) by the Commons Scottish Affairs Committee which has called for the Coalition Government to repeal the so-called ‘bedroom tax’. (1)
David Ogilvie, SFHA Policy Manager said:
“We welcome this hard-hitting report with its common-sense call for the repeal of the ‘bedroom tax’.
“The work of organisations like SFHA has played a critical role in showcasing the unfair financial impact of this policy upon those people in our society who are least able to bear it. We welcome the report’s view that when we are talking about social housing, we are not talking coldly about a commodity, but rather we are talking about peoples’ homes and peoples’ lives.
“Furthermore, we welcome the Committee’s call in the interim, while abolition of the ‘bedroom tax’ is considered, for a series of changes to the operation and implementation of the ‘bedroom tax’.
“We agree that it should not be applied to individual tenants until a reasonable alternative is offered. This is a common-sense approach that we had fought hard for and won at the Bill stage, before it was over-turned by the Coalition Government who cited ‘financial privilege’”
“We also share the Committee’s view that the Discretionary Housing Payment system is not working well and take the view that complete discretion for local authorities is creating a postcode lottery for tenants.”
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2. 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
3. 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.
4. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.