End the bedroom tax

The bedroom tax does not save money, it just moves the costs on to other public services. It is for example creating costs for evictions and rehousing as these are going up, and will continue to do. There needs to be long term thought about where to house people and the different housing needs that people need at different stages in life. People can move from a one bedroom to a two bedroom flat, then a family house and then to smaller accommodation later in life.

Why the contribution is important

The Bedroom Tax does not save any money and is causing considerable distress and hardship.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 04:31PM

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  • Posted by Stevep March 15, 2016 at 11:14

    The bedroom "tax" is a good enough idea - but has been very badly implemented and not providing the solution it was aimed at. Council housing should be viewed as a safety net against homelessness and the idea that you can stay in the same council house for life should be stopped.

    There are huge numbers of people on waiting lists and probably enough of the right kinds of houses to accommodate them. If people were all placed in the right types of houses with their occupancy needs reviewed say every 5 years then that would have a big impact on reducing the waiting lists
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