Anger in Midlothian over ‘bedroom tax’ fears response

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Politicians in Midlothian have rubbished a defence of the controversial ‘bedroom tax’ by the welfare minister deemed to be its architect.

As previously reported, Midlothian Council unanimously backed a motion in March calling for the ‘bedroom tax’ to be “scrapped immediately”.

It condemned the decision of the UK Government to introduce the measures – which see tenants lose housing benefit if they have spare bedrooms in their home.

The motion noted “with concern” that it would hit a number of Midlothian residents.

Meeting in Dalkeith last week, councillors expressed dismay at Welfare Minister Lord Freud’s response.

He wrote: “It was claimed that 134,000 people would have to move home or become homeless; these fears have not come to pass.”

The council’s depute leader Owen Thompson (SNP) said that Lord Freud must have his head placed “either firmly in the sand, or somewhere else.”

Read full story in the July 4 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.