Over 2200 families access housing payments

Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has highlighted new figures which show 84,000 families across Scotland have been helped so far this year by £35 million funding the Scottish Government has provided to support those hit by the Bedroom Tax.

2268 households across South Ayrshire have accessed the Scottish Governments Discretionary Housing Payment fund with an average award of £480.

Mr Ingram said: “These new figures show the Scottish Government has helped over 2000 South Ayrshire families hit by the Tory Bedroom Tax so far this year. The Scottish Government is providing £35 million to help mitigate against this unfair, deeply unpopular tax. This support – as part of the Scottish Welfare Fund – is helping those hit hardest by the Tory assault on the least well off people in society.

“This week Iain Duncan Smith has made clear that that he intends to make further cuts to support for disabled people. While the Scottish Government works to support the most vulnerable, the Tories are intent on showing time and time again they cannot be trusted on welfare.

“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.”