COUNCIL chiefs in East Lothian have rejected a motion not to evict tenants affected by the bedroom tax – claiming the policy is already in place.
Opposition SNP councillors proposed that the local authority follow Edinburgh’s lead by ruling out evictions for hard-up families who fell into rent arrears under the new welfare reforms. SNP leader Stuart Currie said it was a “disgrace” that the Labour-Conservative administration had failed to guarantee no evictions for the 800 residents in the county affected by the bedroom tax and said it was a “sad day for East Lothian”.
But Councillor Willie Innes, East Lothian Council leader, defended the administration and said: “Why would a motion be brought forward asking to implement something that is already in place?”
He added that the council employs a policy of no-eviction on rent arrears for anyone “who is doing everything they can to work with the housing department”.