EVIDENCE MOUNTS ON FLAWED BEDROOM TAX

New statistics that show there are only 165,000 one bedroom properties in the social rented sector in Scotland and only 20,000 of these will become available during the next year demonstrates how flawed Westminster’s ‘bedroom tax’ policy is.

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani obtained the figures in a written Parliamentary answer to Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess.

Out of the 20,000 properties that will become available, over 9,000 of those are for people who are homeless.

Ms Fabiani, who sits on the Scottish Parliament’s Welfare Reform Committee, said:

“These figures show only 20,000 one-bedroom properties will be made available during the next year in the social rented sector in Scotland. That stands in stark contrast to the 105,000 people living in Scotland who will be hit by the bedroom tax.

“Not all of these 20,000 one-bedroom properties would be available to people affected by the bedroom tax as over 9,000 of them will be used to meet our commitment to eradicate homelessness – underlining how flawed Westminster’s policy is.

“But these are people’s homes we are talking about. Even if there were enough one-bedroom properties for all those affected, we don’t agree that people should lose their home because they’ve got a spare room.

“At every level of Government, the SNP has been at the forefront of efforts to oppose and overturn the Bedroom Tax and we have vowed to eradicate this policy in an independent Scotland.

“Westminster is hurting the life chances of people who depend on the support of the welfare state with its bedroom tax policy that is riddled with loopholes and contradictions. This destructive measure is being imposed on Scotland, despite over 90 per cent of Scottish MPs voting against it.

“The bedroom tax is a socially divisive measure that will increase social inequalities across Scotland.

“It’s little wonder a majority of Scots want to see welfare decisions made in Scotland – and Ed Miliband’s glaring failure to match his words with any promise of action means it is now clear that only a Yes vote in next year’s referendum can deliver the end of the Bedroom Tax.”

 

ENDS

 

 

Notes:

 

1)      Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride) (Scottish National Party): To ask the Scottish Government  how many one-bedroom properties there are, also broken down by tenure, and how many of these are allocated to people deemed to be homeless.

(S4W-14287)

Ms Margaret Burgess MSP:

 

There are an estimated 312,000 one bedroom properties in Scotland, 165,000 of which are in the social rented sector. The following table provides a further breakdown by tenure.

 

An estimated 20,000 one-bedroom properties become available for let each year in the social rented sector. In 2011-12, it is estimated that 9,120 of these properties were allocated as permanent lets to people deemed to be homeless. It is estimated that a further 760 homeless households took up one bedroom lets in the private rented sector.

 

Information on the allocation of one bedroom properties to homeless households is only available for Housing Association / Co-Ops, from the SCORE data collection. The estimates for Local Authorities and the Private Rented Sector are derived by applying the same rate of one bedroom allocations as a proportion of all allocations to homeless households, as recorded for Housing Associations / Co-Ops in SCORE.

 

Local

Housing

Private

Owner

Social

Authority

Association

Rented

Occupier

Rented

/Co-op

Sector

Sector

Total

One bedroom stock 1

75,000

90,000

65,000

82,000

165,000

One bedroom stock becoming available to rent/buy during twelve month period 2

10,000

10,000

30,000

10,000

20,000

Number of one bedroom properties allocated to homeless households during 2011-12 3

(5,320)4

3800

(760)4

0

9,120

 

Sources

1 Social Rented Sector Stock Statistics (SG & SHR) & Scottish Household Survey 2011

2 Scottish Household Survey 2011 – Churn Rate

3 SG Homelessness HL1 Data 2011/12 combined with SG SCORE data for Housing Associations and Co-Ops

4 Applying same SCORE rate as for Housing Associations / Co-Ops allocation rate

 

2) Yougov/SNP (Fieldwork: 20th-22nd March 2013)

Sample size: 1105 Scottish adults

 

Which government do you think would be best at deciding welfare and pensions policy for Scotland?

 

 

The UK government               34

The Scottish government         53

Don’t know

 

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