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Rennie: UK Government doubles assistance fund for housing benefit reforms

July 30, 2013 2:46 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

After months of internal discussions, Scottish Liberal Democrat leaderWillie RennieWillie Rennie Willie Rennie has said the doubling of the Discretionary Housing Payment budget is a sensible and responsive move that will assist those who have faced the unintended consequences of the policy. The Department of Work and Pensions today announced the DHP fund for the so-called bedroom tax is to be doubled to £65 million for local authorities across the UK

Mr Rennie said:

"After months of research, listening and detailed discussions about the implementation of housing benefit reform this is a sensible and responsive move that will assist many people.

"A key objective of the policy is to incentive people to move to the right sized houses for their needs and to make work pay. However, with any big change there are unintended consequences.

"I know of people who should not be facing additional housing costs as a result of the reforms and I have been determined that changes should be made to the policy to address this issue.

"I am grateful for the support of Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and MP John Thurso in achieving a doubling of the support fund."