SFHA welcomes call to abolish bedroom tax
Published by SFHA for Scottish Federation Of Housing Associations in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities
The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the report published today (Friday 31 January) by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee which has called on the UK Government to abolish the ‘bedroom tax’. (1)
David Ogilvie, SFHA Policy Manager said:
“The SFHA welcomes this report on the ‘bedroom tax’ by the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee. We share the committee’s view that the policy is iniquitous and inhumane.
“The ‘bedroom tax’ continues to leave a trail of destruction in its wake, driving up housing associations’ costs. Last week, the SFHA published financial modelling which shows the estimated full cost impact of this policy on all Scottish housing associations and co-operatives - including the additional costs involved in advising and supporting tenants - is a staggering extra £79.1 million over the three years from 2013-16. (2)
“The ‘bedroom tax’ will ultimately, drive up rents for all tenants and, ironically, increase the Housing Benefit bill for the UK Government. It will cost much more than the Government ever hoped to make in savings to the taxpayer.
“We therefore hope that the committee’s report will add further pressure on the UK Government to repeal the ‘bedroom tax’.”
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1. 1st Report, 2014 (Session 4): Interim Report on 'Bedroom Tax' http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/72586.aspx
2. SFHA (January 2014), The Real Cost of the Bedroom Tax for Scottish housing Associations and Co-operatives. http://www.sfha.co.uk/index.php?
3. 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
4. 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.
5. Housing associations and co-operatives are not-for-profit bodies regulated by the Scottish Housing Regulator.