Bedroom tax slammed by minister after costing more than saving

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The controversial bedroom tax is costing more than it is saving, according to the Scottish government.

The UK coalition’s widely hated under-occupancy policy was designed to cut government expenditure, but Scottish housing and welfare minister Margaret Burgess has said that the annual costs of implementing the penalty will exceed savings by £10 million.

In a letter to Lord Freud, the UK government’s minister for welfare reform, Burgess cites the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA) findings that revealed the loss in savings and has demanded an urgent meeting.

The Scottish government has provided local authorities with additional funding to increase the amount available for discretionary housing payments, announcing in October an extra £20m to help those struggling with the bedroom tax.

Burgess said: “When it comes to the bedroom tax it’s clear the policy is costing more than it is saving in Scotland. The apparent savings to the Department for…

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