Labour/SNP Coalition on Edinburgh Council adopt No Bedroom Tax evictions position joining Labour-led Fife and 9 other SNP-led councils
Joint Edinburgh Labour / Edinburgh SNP position on the Bedroom Tax
Following our earlier three posts about this issue, we’ve received a lot of queries asking for an update on our formal position, as we approach the upcoming Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee on Tuesday 16th April when the Bedroom Tax will again be debated.
The actual papers/reports for that Committee won’t go into the public domain until the morning of Wednesday 10th April (and will be available on CPOL, as usual); but we’re very pleased to report that the local Labour/SNP Coalition has today agreed a motion for submission to that Committee, which we can now publish below.
We obviously fully anticipate this position being approved at Committee, and hope it clarifies the Labour/SNP Capital Coalition’s intentions. We should also acknowledge that the local Edinburgh Greens have been entirely constructive in all the earlier debates on this issue and we do hope that a three-way agreement can now be reached on the 16th at Committee.
(a) that where the Director of Services for Communities is satisfied that tenants who are subject to the under-occupancy charge have done all they reasonably could to avoid falling in to arrears, then all legitimate means to collect rent arrears should be utilised except eviction
(c) to support calls by local campaigns to scrap the Bedroom Tax.