Midlothian benefit claimants could lose £17 million

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Welfare benefits could be slashed by almost £17million a year in Midlothian – a top council official has warned.

A report by communities and wellbeing director Colin Anderson into the potential impact of welfare reform measures being introduced by the UK government went before councillors last week.

Mr Anderson warns that:

l More than 75 per cent of 680 Housing Benefit claimants in Midlothian could be hit by total annual losses of around £308,000.

l Up to 20 per cent of the county’s 5,560 residents claiming Disability Living Allowance could see their benefits cut, an annual loss of £4,192,198 to county households.

l Similarly, the 3,340 residents claiming Incapacity Benefit/Severe Disablement Allowance could be significantly reduced, with annual losses of £1,866,296 - £3,242,027.

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