New figures show 84,000 families have been helped so far this year by £35 million funding the Scottish Government has provided to support those hit by Tory Bedroom Tax. Over £2.2 million has been allocated to South Lanarkshire.

Christina McKelvie MSP is today welcoming the figures – which come just a day after UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith signalled the ideological Tory assault on the poor is set to continue with further cuts to support for disabled people.

Commenting, Ms McKelvie said:

“I welcome these new figures showing the Scottish Government has helped 84,000 families hit by Tory Bedroom Tax so far this year. That 4,710 awards have been made in South Lanarkshire is reassuring. Those people who have been so viciously hit by the Bedroom Tax have at least been able to secure some mitigation as part of the Scottish Welfare Fund.

“The Tory austerity regime is going to further cut support for the most needy and vulnerable in our communities – those who have long-term conditions and disabilities.

“This highlights exactly why the Scottish Parliament needs full powers over the welfare state to allow us to support and empower people – rather than pushing more people into poverty like the Tories have done.

“Iain Duncan Smith hides from answering questions at Scotland's Parliament – but the sooner he comes here to explain his seemingly unending austerity agenda, which makes life so difficult for so many vulnerable and hardworking Scots, the better." 

ENDS

Notes:
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Discretionary-housing-payments-offer-a-lifeline-for-tenants-1c46.aspx

Further notes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34038928