Over £1m paid in Midlothian mitigating welfare cuts

Wednesday December 12th 2018

Scottish Parliament

Midlothian MSP, Colin Beattie, has highlighted the millions being spent on mitigating Tory welfare cuts by the Scottish Government, after new figures revealed that a total of £1,044,688 was paid to people in Midlothian under the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme

In Midlothian, 1,485 of people in receipt of housing benefit or universal credit were given additional assistance towards housing costs by the Scottish Government.

The Discretionary Housing Payment scheme provides financial assistance towards housing costs for those claiming housing benefit or the housing element of Universal Credit.

Between April and September, local Authorities in Scotland made a total 100,635 awards under the DHP Scheme, with a total value of £56.9 million and an average award of £565.

SNP MSP Colin Beattie said:

“These figures provide further evidence of the cost of protecting people from the very worst impacts of UK Government welfare reform, and make clear that the SNP will always stand up for a fairer welfare system which treats people with respect and dignity.

“It shouldn’t fall to the Scottish Government to mitigate the impact of damaging Tory policies like the bedroom tax – but we know that providing a lifeline for families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet is the right thing to do.

“Instead of being left trying to convince an uncaring Westminster government to recognise just how wrong their welfare cuts are the Scottish Parliament should be making all decisions on tax and social security for ourselves.”

The full statistical publication is available at: https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Social-Welfare/dhp

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