Greens welcome Council support for bedroom tax proposals

Green councillors have warmly welcomed City Council backing for proposals for measures to deal with the controversial bedroom tax in the capital.

At the Council’s Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee this morning (Tuesday 16 April) the Labour-SNP Administration agreed all three proposals put forward by Green councllor Steve Burgess over the last 6 weeks: no evictions for bedroom tax arrears; seeking to reclassify bedrooms to avoid the charge; and seeking to to ensure the the city’s housing associations follow the Council lead.

Green housing spokesperson, Cllr Burgess, said:

Steve Burgegss“I’m very pleased that we have been able to develop a progressive 3-party agreement on this most inexplicable and odious of UK Government cuts. Tenants in Edinburgh won’t need to fear homelessness compounding problems of debt.

“But we also need to protect tenants from the charge in the first place, which is why seeking to reclassify bedrooms as other types of room is important.  And we need to ensure that housing association tenants get the same protection as council tenants.  Which is why I am pleased that the Council accepted a further two changes I put forward.”