Bill banning the eviction of tenants in arrears due to bedroom tax
- 20 Jan
An SNP politician has supported a bill which bans landlords from evicting tenants in arrears due to bedroom tax.
A consultation on proposed legislation which gives a guarantee of no evictions solely due to bedroom tax arrears shows that four in five councils, housing associations, advice services and law centres support it.
Central Scotland MSP, John Wilson said: "My position on the bill will be determined by the detail, the evidence and the parliamentary scrutiny that is applied. Ultimately, the only way to deal with the bedroom tax is to scrap it completely - something that only the powers offered by a yes vote in next year's referendum will enable us to do."
The consultation ran from September to December and shows that the bill has a wide range of support, reports Inside Housing.
82% of the respondents indicated their support for the proposed legislation, which would apply to all councils and housing associations in Scotland.
However head of policy for the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Maureen Watson, said: "While we recognise this proposal is motivated by the best of intentions, we must stress that this Bill will have a negative impact upon the very people and communities that it seeks to protect. This will exacerbate the already serious financial impact of welfare reform on housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland. We would welcome whatever additional financial assistance the Scottish government could provide. However, in our view anything less than full mitigation of the impacts will not address the financial situation that housing associations and their tenants are now facing."
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