Minister helps secure funding

Scotland’s rural communities have been allocated £3.5 million to help with changes to housing benefit, it has been confirmed.

The funding from Department of Work and Pensions follows Housing Minister Margaret Burgess meeting with lead UK Government advisor Lord Freud last week.

Commenting, Ms Burgess said: “I have made clear that the bedroom tax will not bring any benefits to Scotland and will, in fact, hit our poorest hardest. While this funding will help, it demonstrates the key point that Scotland is disproportionately disadvantaged by these plans.

“I have also made clear that local authority-owned supported accommodation, such as women’s refuges, must be exempted from the bedroom tax. This government will continue to press home the message that UK must do more to protect poor and vulnerable people.”