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Councils are voicing their frustration over the Scottish Government’s plans to cut support to those struggling with bedroom tax

The reaction follows reports of Scottish councils venting their frustration over Government cuts to bedroom tax support. Council Tax Advisors CIC managing director Chris Richards provides a statement.

Councils are voicing their frustration over the Scottish Government’s plans to cut support to those struggling with bedroom tax. Welfare reform committee chairman Colin Smyth described the decision to slash the payment pot by approximately £429,000 as a nasty attack on the region’s vulnerable.

The discretionary housing payment pot stands at £975,000 this year, slashed from £1.4million last year. “Right across our region, nearly 2,000 households have been the victims of the bedroom tax,” claimed Mr Smyth. “I am proud that, as a council, we were one of the first to agree that no one in Dumfries and Galloway should lose out as a result of the bedroom tax. That costs over £900,000 a year. The Scottish Government said they would fund this but now they have gone back on their word and the minimum we will receive from them is just £104,000.”

Council Tax Advisors CIC, a service offering free and impartial advice to those struggling with council tax and other forms of arrears, takes a keen interest in reports such as this. Managing director Chris Richards provided this statement: “It must be terribly frustrating for Scottish residents who are going to be affected by this change. There are plenty of people who will have to make adjustments to their spending in order to curb the damage. It can be easy to feel lost when you’re struggling with financial worries, but you should never have to feel isolated by your situation. If you’re struggling with debt, it’s important to know that there are expert, impartial debt advisors readily accessible and free of charge.”

Council Tax Advisors Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit organisation offering free and independent advice and resolution services to those in council tax arrears or any other kind of debt. Formed in 2012 as a direct result of personal experiences with bailiffs, they specialise in providing advice and guidance on how best to deal with debt situations and offer long-term sustainable solutions including the organisation of repayment plans and professional mediation services.

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