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Scottish vulnerable to be among hardest hit by welfare reforms - Turn2us

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations report on welfare reforms (link opens in a new window)Families on low incomes and people with disabilities in Scotland will be among the hardest hit by the changes to Housing Benefit (England, Scotland, Wales). This is according to a new report, The Impact of Welfare Reform on Housing Associations and Housing Co-operatives in Scotland (link opens in a new window), published by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

Although some reforms have already started, more changes will begin in April 2013, including the phasing out of Housing Benefit which will be included in the new benefit Universal Credit. This transition should be completed by 2017.

The report looks at the direct and indirect impacts of welfare reform on housing associations and co-operatives in Scotland.

It suggests that these reforms will result in a loss of benefit for working age tenants in the HA and Co-op sector in the region of £123m to £228m, by 2017.

Read The Scotsman news article (link opens in a new window)

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