Over 10,000 people across Lanarkshire have had their benefits cut
Since the introduction of the bedroom tax over 10,000 people in Lanarkshire have had their benefits reduced.
North Lanarkshire is the second most affected local authority in Scotland with 6026 housing benefit claimants losing on average £9.59 a week as a result, reports the Daily Record.
The council in North Lanarkshire have said that around 97% of people claiming housing benefit have been given discretionary housing payments.
Stephen Llewellyn, operations manager at North Lanarkshire Council said: “North Lanarkshire Council is the largest council landlord in Scotland with over 36,500 homes. We’ve already added £1m to the fund for Discretionary Housing Payment to help tenants struggling to meet bedroom tax payments for historic bedroom tax arrears for 2013/14. Most tenants affected have contacted us, and through our support we’ve helped thousands and been able to reduce the impact of the bedroom tax for 97 per cent of tenants. We’ll continue to do all we can.”
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