Bedroom tax lifeline made to Midlothian Council

Midlothian Council is due to receive an extra £236,818 to mitigate the effects of welfare reforms, its share of a £20 million pot of funding provided by the Scottish Government to support councils.

The funding has been welcomed by the council’s housing spokesman Councillor Owen Thompson (Lab): “This council remains opposed to the bedroom tax and this funding, for which we are grateful, is welcome,” he said.

“But the impact of this UK government reform on some of the most vulnerable people in our community remains harsh and extremely difficult to cope with.”

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The council also secured £159,483 for discretionary housing payments, which is the maximum allowable under UK legislation.

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