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Rent arrears up since spare room subsidy abolished, report suggests

Rent arrears up since spare room subsidy abolished, report suggests – BBC News website 24/10/13

Rent arrears owed to housing associations and local authorities rose in the three months after the spare room subsidy was abolished, according to a study.

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR), has published research on the early impact of the measure, which has been dubbed the bedroom tax by critics.

It said arrears increased by £789,000 in the period to the end of June 2013.

It comes against a background of rising arrears in the past two years.

SHR said the report, based on feedback from almost 85% of social landlords, gave the fullest available picture of the early effects of welfare reform on Scottish landlords’ rent arrears.

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