Comment on latest Discretionary Housing Payments statistics

Posted 22 May 2018


Commenting on the latest Discretionary Housing Payments statistics released by the Scottish Government today, Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said:

“These figures show a 7% increase in the number of applications made by households across Scotland for help with their housing costs. Local authorities assessed a total of 130,024 applications from people struggling to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads.

“These payments are a vital lifeline to families and individuals suffering housing-relating poverty as a result of harsh welfare reforms, the roll out of Universal Credit, zero-hours contracts, stagnant wages and the high cost of housing.”

Graeme Brown added:

“Today’s figures show the increased pressure faced by households across Scotland, and underlines the need for the continued funding of this vital housing support fund.”