Bedroom Tax ~ ‘The Scottish Government must stop playing politics with disabled people’s lives’ ~ Black Triangle



No ifs! No buts!!

Amend Section 16 NOW!

Black Triangle VIEW:

The Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is failing the people of Scotland if she thinks that going to a meeting in London to complain about the injustice of the Bedroom Tax is a sufficient response from our government at Holyrood.

It is abundantly clear to everyone that such meetings are futile.

She should have saved us the train fare.

As Ed Miliband made clear at PMQs on Wednesday, the funds that have been provided to mitigate this tax for disabled people are utterly inadequate:

“Let me ask the Prime Minister another question, because he did not answer the one about the bedroom tax.

“He talked earlier about the hardship fund. Let us look at the facts about the fund.

“Some £25 million of it has been allocated specifically to help disabled people hit by the bedroom tax, but how much do his own figures show he is taking from disabled people? The answer is £306 million. Will he admit that the vast majority of disabled people hit by his bedroom tax will get no help from his hardship fund?”


“…..I think what that means is that there was nothing in the briefing on the question I asked.

“Let me just make it clear, because the Prime Minister obviously does not understand it. His own impact assessment—he might like to read it, by the way—states that 420,000 disabled people will be hit by the bedroom tax by an average of £700 a year.

“That is £306 million.

“The money in the hardship fund allocated to disabled people is just £25 million. It is basic arithmetic.

“Will he admit that the vast majority of disabled people will get no help from the hardship fund and will be hit by his bedroom tax?”

The Daily Record reports below that Nicola Sturgeon has complained that, despite having a similar number of people affected by under-occupancy measures, Scotland will receive just £10 million in discretionary housing payments in 2013-14 while London will receive £56 million.

It’s a red herring. It entirely fails to address the fundamental problem. It aquiesces in the ConDem agenda for debate on their own terms instead of ours.

It’s a cynical ploy. 

Sadly, it appears that the Scottish Government is playing politics with disabled people’s lives.

The Scottish Government already POSSESSES THE POWER to protect the people of Scotland from this policy and it damn well knows it! It is able to implement this petition:

‘Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to amend Section 16 of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 to prevent social landlords from using rent arrears caused by under occupation housing benefit deductions in eviction actions, and instead requiring such under occupation arrears to be pursued as an ordinary debt.’


At a stroke, Scotland’s people would be protected from eviction arising from rent arrears accrued from non-payment of the Bedroom Tax demand/portion of their rent.

Neither do we believe that only disabled people should be exempted and we reject any attempt to divide those who are affected into disabled and able, working or unemployed.

Everyone must be protected from this rancid and barbarous attempt to make the poorest people in our society pay for the Banksters’ debts! 

If the SNP believe that they can get away with hoodwinking us into believing that they are powerless to affect the situation and that it is all Westminster’s fault they have got another thing coming!

Do they expect to gather support and momentum for an independent Scotland in the run up to next year’s referendum by pulling cynical political PR stunts such as the one below?

Any failure of the Scottish Government not to amend Section 16 will be rightly treated as a betrayal of Scotland’s disabled and poorest citizens.

Think again, Nicola! 





Daily Record Lion


‘Nicola Sturgeon lodges Scottish Government objections to ‘misguided’ bedroom tax with Westminster’


THE Deputy First Minister argued against the cut to benefits for under-occupancy, branding them “deeply worrying”.

Nicola Sturgeon discusses the independence cause
Nicola Sturgeon discusses the independence cause


THE Scottish Government’s opposition to the so-called bedroom tax has been set out to the UK Government by the Deputy First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon put forward the Government’s objections at a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee (Domestic) in London.

The UK coalition plans to cut housing benefit for people in socially rented homes with spare rooms.

The committee provides ministers from the four administrations of the UK an opportunity to discuss policy issues.

At the meeting, Ms Sturgeon argued against the imposition of the cut to benefits for under-occupancy and highlighted the differences in funding awarded to help deal with the effects of housing benefit changes.

Latest figures show that despite having a similar number of people affected by under-occupancy measures, Scotland will receive £10 million in discretionary housing payments in 2013-14 while London will receive £56 million, she said.

The Deputy First Minister also called for disabled people and those living in both temporary accommodation and supported accommodation, such as Women’s Aid refuges, should be exempted if the UK Government goes ahead with the policy.

Speaking after the meeting, which was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Ms Sturgeon said:

“Our view on the bedroom tax is clear: it is a misguided policy that must be withdrawn. This meeting was a good opportunity to make that point abundantly clear, although there remains little indication that the UK Government is prepared to change course.

“That is deeply worrying, in particular as there is a discrepancy in the funding made available to help those affected by the bedroom tax and wider housing benefit changes.

“It just does not seem fair that London should receive £56 million, while Scotland, with a similar number of people set to lose out from the bedroom tax, should receive just £10 million.”

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said people living in temporary and supported accommodation are exempt from housing benefit reductions for under-occupancy.

“Councils in Scotland have been given an extra £10 million this year so that they can help their vulnerable tenants,” the spokesman said.

“However, with many thousands on housing waiting lists in Scotland, we need to end the spare-room subsidy and ensure a better use of social housing.”

The Scottish Daily Record


  • Kelpiemare March 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

    As ever, the SNP show their true colours….blue. If they attain independence, the people of Scotland will not be any better cared for, by SNP, than they are served by Westminster.

    Although they claimed the sick and disabled of Scotland would not have Atos deliver the criminal WCA, they forgot to mention Atos still hold the contract for that and have simply sub-contracted the delivery to NHS. To me, that simply means Atos programme with (their lackey’s) NHS face.

    • James MacTaggart March 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Why do you assume the SNP would form the government in an independent Scotland? Why can’t the Labour Party campaign to undo all the evils visited upon Scotland in the last 60 years? Why can’t people see that in the last 49 years, Scotland has voted consistently for Labour Governments at Westminster – and for 25 of these years has ended up with Tory governments. Devolution can’t stop the Bedroom Tax, any more than it can stop the billions spent on Trident or tax cuts for the most wealthy in our society. Scotland has now got a bigger gap between rich and poor, between life expectancy in Bearsden and the East End of Glasgow, than anywhere else in Europe – including Eastern Europe. It’s time to stop it. Ed Milliband may well win the 2015 General Election and do great things – but how many years will it be before the next Tory Govt, uninterested in and totally alien to Scotland’s needs, undoes it all again. There is no option but independence. I look forward to the first Labour Government of Independent Scotland – then we would REALLY be moving forward to a more equal society.

  • Anomie shrugs March 7, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Splintering the debate into subgroups – the deserving and undeserving poor, undermines the principle of subsistence welfare for all in need.

    The SNP were obviously going to attempt to make political capital out of the destitution and misery caused by the British political parties contempt for welfare and the collusion in the dismantling of the welfare system.

    The political challenge to the SNP should be stand and deliver the Scottish Welfare State preemptively.

  • Serenity March 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

    United we stand ! Divided we fall !
    Together we will save our Union.

  • Beerticker March 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Tory mantra – there’s nothing wrong with all poor people living in one house, all together, they can help each other….whilst we get on with enjoying our lives and spending the nations wealth … after all, it it ours, we’re entitled!!!

    • Annos March 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      “Tory mantra”…The strong survive, the weak shall perish.

  • David Moynagh March 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    This is little to do with under occupancy. It is just another very sinister tory punishment on people that the tories know full well do not vote for them. Another savage step on the tory pathway to despair and ethnic cleansing. Why do the people stand for this.

  • Annos March 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm


    Folks, its all one BIG club and you and I ain’t in it…

  • murphy March 8, 2013 at 6:56 am

    On a related note: the Telegraph ran an article by IDS yesterday in support of the policy (obviously!) but the majority of the comments were against and their online poll was 82% AGAINST the bedroom tax!! Shows what a mess this is becoming when they can’t even count on support from a right-wing paper. Brilliant.

  • tom March 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Why are you deflecting the abhorrent consequences of Tory/Westminster policy on to the SNP in Holyrood? Why are you supporting a petition which saddles those affected with such debts as will make their lives intolerable, such debts will force people onto credit blacklists, require pre-payment for gas/electricity and even prevent them obtaining accounts for phone or internet access, purchase of basic household appilances and so on?

    Why not oppose this HB change than obsess over the form a debt will take? Why reproduce propaganda from the sickly Daily Record which is just a stenographer of mainstream mush and a criminal ruling elite’s chloroform for the masses.

    This site is deeply suspect as an ATOS/DWP honeypot. Muck-raking disinformation.

    • JJ March 8, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      We are doing all those things! But only a change in Scots law will guarantee that Scottish people will not end up being evicted by the Sheriff Court! How you can possibly oppose that whilst purporting to be part of the struggle is beyong me. You are the one who is suspect, pal.

  • Anomie shrugs March 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    … and instead requiring such under occupation arrears to be pursued as an ordinary debt.

    @tom has a good point to turn the shortfall into a debt is as abhorrent as the bedroom tax, the wording of the petition is suspect.

  • Annos March 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm


    “03 Sep 2012
    Online Exclusive: Mike’s blog – Within our reach”

  • Serenity March 9, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Why are you supporting a petition which saddles those affected with such debts as will make their lives intolerable, such debts will force people onto credit blacklists, require pre-payment for gas/electricity and even prevent them obtaining accounts for phone or internet access, purchase of basic household appilances and so on?
    Just one of the oppo JJ trying to put the fear up anyone thinking of not paying if the debt form is changed by inform/threat of consequences.

  • James MacTaggart March 12, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Ed Balls and the UK Labour Party have NOT said that they would do away with the Bedroom Tax if they win power. On the other hand, 91% of the Scottish MPs at Westminster DID vote against it. Significantly, that figure did NOT include three of the big noises in the Better Together campaign – Labour’s Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and Ian Davidson!! Scotland’s welfare system safe in Westminster’s hands? Don’t think so – whether it’s Tory OR Labour. It’s time the Scottish Labour MPs came home and fought to win a Labour Government in an independent Scotland. THEN we would get the governments and the policies we actually vote for.

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