Fury as welfare reforms hit Midlothian foster parents

Foster parents will be hit by controversial new welfare reforms – according to outraged Midlothian councillors.

As previously reported in the Advertiser, council tenants face losing up to 25 per cent of their housing benefit if they have unoccupied bedrooms in their home.

However, it has now emerged that foster parents will face the same measures, despite having children staying in their ‘spare’ rooms.

Councillors were shocked to discover that foster children will not count when Under Occupancy rules are introduced to housing benefit next April.

Under Occupancy will see council and housing association tenants having to give 14 per cent of their housing benefit back for ‘under occupying’ one room and 25 per cent two or more rooms.

For more on this story, see this week’s Midlothian Advertiser.

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