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£3,332,767 SPENT IN WEST LOTHIAN PROTECTING HOUSEHOLDS FROM CRUEL TORY CUTS, INCLUDING BEDROOM TAX

£3,332,767 SPENT IN WEST LOTHIAN PROTECTING HOUSEHOLDS FROM CRUEL TORY CUTS, INCLUDING BEDROOM TAX

Published date : 31 May, 2022

£3,332,767 has been spent this year in West Lothian mitigating cruel Tory cuts including the disgraceful bedroom tax.

 

In 2021/22  £3,332,767 was provided by the Scottish Government in Discretionary Housing Payments to protect families from cuts, with £3,002,494 spent mitigating the impact of the cruel Tory bedroom tax in West Lothian.  

 

Across Scotland £82million has been used to mitigate Tory cuts, with £71m spent to protect households from the bedroom tax.

 

Commenting, Almond Valley MSP Angela Constance said:

 

“The introduction of the bedroom tax has been one of the cruellest policies introduced by this UK Tory government as it targets the most vulnerable in our society.

 

“The Scottish Government has spent millions across Scotland, including in West Lothian to protect households from the most devastating impacts of Tory cuts and policies. This is money that could be invested on pulling people out of poverty but instead the Scottish Government has to mitigate against the Tories pushing people further towards poverty.

 

“This demonstrates the tale of two governments facing the people of Scotland as we have one in London implementing cruel policies such as the bedroom tax, whereas we have one in Edinburgh investing in a social security system built on fairness, dignity and respect.

 

“However, the Scottish Government should not have to clean up the mess left by the Tories. That is why we must have the full powers of independence to build a fairer, more equal Scotland.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes

 

Stats below, full breakdown of stats can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/discretionary-housing-payments-in-scotland-1-april-2021-to-31-march-2022/

 

 

[£BEDROOMTAX]

Total estimated funding to fully mitigate bedroom tax

[£TOTAL]

Total estimated DHP funding7

Local Authority

Aberdeen City

£2,193,846

 £2,583,962

Aberdeenshire

£1,361,057

 £1,730,154

Angus

£733,481

 £938,260

Argyll and Bute

£902,858

 £1,026,140

Clackmannanshire

£953,879

 £1,090,332

Dumfries and Galloway

£1,662,656

 £1,907,885

Dundee City

£2,758,235

 £3,185,421

East Ayrshire

£2,431,805

 £2,653,131

East Dunbartonshire

£635,212

 £765,765

East Lothian

£845,219

 £1,106,363

East Renfrewshire

£426,738

 £542,958

Edinburgh, City of

£5,054,856

 £6,731,281

Eilean Siar

£238,935

 £259,185

Falkirk

£2,373,041

 £2,553,288

Fife

£5,499,554

 £6,217,758

Glasgow City

£12,656,055

 £14,743,722

Highland

£2,482,158

 £2,771,166

Inverclyde

£1,330,822

 £1,486,542

Midlothian

£1,172,011

 £1,405,232

Moray

£633,663

 £745,268

North Ayrshire

£2,863,853

 £3,196,736

North Lanarkshire

£5,360,055

 £5,936,978

Orkney Islands

£137,413

 £161,630

Perth and Kinross

£835,525

 £1,004,021

Renfrewshire

£2,488,652

 £2,761,790

Scottish Borders

£1,090,322

 £1,259,561

Shetland Islands

£197,765

 £217,452

South Ayrshire

£1,537,894

 £1,721,618

South Lanarkshire

£3,937,526

 £4,380,085

Stirling

£836,345

 £907,003

West Dunbartonshire

£2,628,804

 £2,839,273

West Lothian

£3,002,494

 £3,332,767

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