Whiteford hits out at bedroom tax

Eilidh Whiteford's visit to the Fraserburgh Lifeboat.
Eilidh Whiteford's visit to the Fraserburgh Lifeboat.

Local MP and SNP spokesperson on work and pensions at Westminster, Dr Eilidh Whiteford has branded the bedroom tax ‘unjust and unworkable’.

Following on from the SNP’s spring conference where SNP council’s committed to a no evictions policy as a result of the tax, delegates have once again appealed to Labour, LiberalDemocrat and Conservative controlled councils to follow.

Commenting, Dr Whiteford said: “The message from SNP conference delegates in response to this damaging tax is clear - it is unjust and unworkable and has no place in a modern-day country.

“The token review of the Bedroom Tax that Westminster is engaging in is not enough – it must be scrapped entirely before it causes any more damage to people’s lives.

“The UK Government has showed a reckless lack of care and attention to the consequences of its introduction for low-income households.

“In contrast the SNP Government is doing all it can to help mitigate the impact of this divisive policy and Nicola Sturgeon pledged that our funding for Discretionary Housing Payments will continue next year with another £20 million to help victims of Westminster’s Bedroom Tax.”