Bedroom tax gives residents sleepless nights

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The ‘bedroom tax’ is worrying tenants of Midlothian’s largest registered social landlord.

A recent survey has shown that 88 per cent of the Melville Housing tenants likely to be affected by the welfare reform are worried about how they will pay their rent.

The tax is expected to impact on around 500 of Melville’s 1,950 tenants when it is introduced on April 1. Those affected will lose between 14 and 25 per cent of their housing benefit, depending on the number of ‘spare’ bedrooms they have.