Council gets £159,461 extra to help islanders struggling with Bedroom Tax and Housing Costs

Extra government funding is to help island households struggling with Bedroom Tax

Extra government funding is to help island households struggling with Bedroom Tax

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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will receive an extra £159,461 as the Scottish Government announced details this week of its £20million pot for local authorities to help householders struggling with the bedroom tax.

Other housing costs are also to be allocated from the fund.

Director of Shelter Scotland, Graeme Brown, said: “We welcome the speed at which the Scottish Government has moved to make an extra £159,461 available to Eilean Siar Council. 

“The council can now offer a lifeline to even more households in Eilean Siar struggling to pay their rent as a direct result of the iniquitous bedroom tax.

“The challenge now is for Eilean Siar Council to act quickly and get the money to tenants to help them pay their rent,” he continued.

“Eilean Siar Council must make sure that struggling tenants know that more help is at hand and do all they can to help the maximum number of people this year.

“Shelter Scotland encourages anyone in Eilean Siar who is struggling with their rent as a result of welfare reform, including the bedroom tax, to apply for discretionary housing payments and for those who applied and were turned down before this money was made available, to reapply.”

Mr Brown added: “While it still won’t help everyone in Scotland affected by the bedroom tax, we know that at least one in seven - maybe as many as one in three - families and individuals can now be helped, many more than before this £20m was announced.”