Kirk maintains its resistance to the unjust bedroom tax

By staff writers
August 4, 2013

The Church of Scotland has expressed its disappointment at last week's court ruling in favour of the UK government’s so called bedroom tax.

The Kirk is now urging that no one should lose their home because of it.

Convener of the Presbyterian denomination's Church and Society Council the Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, said: “We call for the politicians responsible to rethink, revise and review this legislation which is penalising some of the most at risk members of society through no fault of their own."

She continued: “This benefit cut unfairly targets some of our most vulnerable and asks people already struggling to shoulder an even bigger burden on our behalf. It is a flawed policy whose implementation has already had devastating results for disabled people."

“At the recent General Assembly of the Church of Scotland we made a plea for local authorities not to evict people who are making a genuine effort to pay yet who have fallen behind in council tax arrears because of the bedroom tax, today we repeat that call," declared Ms Foster-Fulton.

“In many houses extra bedrooms are not extra as they are used for equipment, for respite or for careers who come in. Additionally, it is important to note that for many households there are no smaller properties available to rent. “We hope that those who took the case to court will be successful if they decide to appeal,” she concluded.

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