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    The Scottish government have announced that there will be £20m available this year to help those struggling from the effect of bedroom tax.

    The large sum of money will become available to local authorities to aid them in the increase of discretionary housing payments.

    The finance minister John Swinney announced that the Scottish Welfare Fund will be maintained over the next two years with £33m each year. Mr Swinney said: ‘Westminster's programme of welfare cuts is taking money out of the Scottish economy, adding to the burden on our public services and hitting household budgets. Despite this, the decisive and distinctive measures we have taken in Scotland are delivering results.' Reports Inside Housing.

    After campaigning for a similar fund Shelter Scotland director Graeme Brown says that “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has listened to Shelter Scotland's campaign and is making £20million available to help thousands more households in Scotland affected by the so-called bedroom tax. We hope that local authorities across Scotland will act quickly to top up their discretionary housing payments budget so that the maximum number of people this year can be helped. While it still won't help everyone affected by the bedroom tax, we know that at least one in seven families and individuals can now be helped – many more than before today's announcement.”

    Mr Swinney also announced the Scottish Government will have spent more than £1.35n on affordable housing between 2011/12 to 2014/15, which includes at least 20,000 new homes for social rent.

    September 12, 2013 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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