It’s six months now since the bedroom tax hit Scotland’s social housing tenants and as its full impact becomes clearer by the day, sadly, it’s living up to the worst of expectations.
More than 100 years ago Mark Twain commented that “facts are stubborn things but statistics are pliable”. Add a layer of media manipulation, public affairs spin and the tweet and retweet culture of social media and that observation is more astute than ever.
Despite strong evidence, good arguments and well structured (well we would say that!) campaigns, sometimes, regrettably, bad policy is taken forward. Over the past eighteen months Shelter Scotland and other campaigning organisations have struggled against the Coalition government’s welfare reforms and in particular, the obstinate refusal to listen to either moral reason or a sound […]
Rarely does an issue come around in the world of housing policy which divides the sector so completely. At Shelter Scotland, we’re used to working with partners across the divide when policy issues unite us. But when necessary we’re not afraid to ask the difficult questions. So if the Scottish Government is on the cusp […]
The effects of the bedroom tax will soon come home to roost. Housing benefit cuts will soon become a harsh reality for over 100,000 tenants in Scotland, putting many at risk of eviction and even homelessness.