SNP WELCOME BEDROOM TAX COURT RULING

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TORIES MUST SCRAP THIS DISCRIMINATORY TAX ON DISADVANTAGED CITIZENS

The Scottish National Party has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling last week that the Tory Government’s bedroom tax is discriminatory.    The SNP has argued against the bedroom tax since the UK government first proposed it, and the Scottish Government has committed £90million since 2013 to mitigating the impact of the tax on 72,000 households in Scotland – eighty per cent of which are the home of a disabled adult, and around 11,000 households of which have one more children.   Commenting Martin Docherty MP said,   “I welcome this ruling and call on the Tories to scrap this unfair and discriminatory tax on the poorest and most disadvantaged people in our society.   This is an ideological tax that deliberately hits disadvantaged people. It epitomises the uncaring, unthinking and ultimately self-defeating approach of this Tory government.   The SNP Scottish Government has committed £90million to mitigate the impact of the bedroom tax to ensure that the 72,000 households affected in Scotland avoid severe hardship, rent arrears and threats of eviction; but we shouldn’t have to do this.
As we have seen from this court case, the impact of this policy on UK communities has been particularly damaging for those facing domestic abuse, and families with disabled children. In light of this ruling, and the overwhelming evidence of how detrimental this policy has been, the UK government must now think again.”