Edinburgh City Council Labour/SNP Coalition adopt No Bedroom Tax Evictions Policy

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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.

 
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Policy and Strategy Committee 16 April 2013
 
Motion By Councillor Ricky Henderson – Welfare Reform
 
1)         Committee wishes to express its concern regarding the impact that the range of Welfare Reform measures is having on people in Edinburgh.
 
2)         Specifically the Committee is concerned that, from April 2013, measures to reduce housing benefit for tenants of local authorities and housing associations (Bedroom Tax) have not taken account of the acute shortage of one bedroom homes.  This will lead to significant hardship for the tenants affected and increase the risk of homelessness.
 
3)         Committee is further concerned that these measures may have an adverse impact on council and housing association landlords’ rental income and their ability to invest in improving their own stock and in building new, affordable to heat, homes.
 
4)         Committee notes that there is a significant risk of a reduction of £45 million in capital investment, funded from the Housing Revenue Account, as a result of this and other measures.
 
5)         Committee agrees: 

(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

(b) to establish a joint working group that will include elected members, officials from Housing and Revenues and Benefits, Registered Social Landlords and tenants representatives. The role of the working group shall be to monitor the implementation and impact of various benefits changes and to contribute to consideration of further measures to support tenants.

(c) to support calls by local campaigns to scrap the Bedroom Tax.

 
Comments
  • Robert Lea April 3, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    He said he’d been unemployed twice.Pray God it happens again soon

  • David Moynagh April 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Well done Edinburgh. A conclusive step on the road to burying this nefarious policy which has been cynically engineered by a westminster government to impovering people who are not known to be tory supporters in general.

  • John Lanigan April 3, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Why is Glasgow City Council so quiet on this issue? Could it be that Labour led GCC are frightened to offend their masters in London. Parcel o’ Rogues springs to mind.

  • Chrissie Fryde April 4, 2013 at 10:40 am

    I hope that more councils have the courage to take Edinburgh’s example. We are still powerful if we work together. Don’t let the b******* get you down and ACT!

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