Day’s bedroom tax tour offer to UN envoy

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ONE of the city’s leaders on housing wants to take a ­visiting United Nations dignitary on a personalised tour to meet ­tenants affected by the “bedroom tax”.

Councillor Cammy Day – the authority’s housing vice-convener – said he would be keen to show UN special envoy Raquel Rolnik about how the controversial welfare policy is hurting council tenants. He said some tenants were having to choose between paying rent or heating bills.

He said: “We would absolutely welcome a discussion with the UN’s representative. There’s a much more global attempt to try and say this is not fair and the Edinburgh Tenants Association’s argument is that it impacts upon people’s human rights. I’d be very keen to have that discussion with the United Nations.”

Ms Rolnik is in Scotland as part of a two-week tour of British cities, meeting tenants affected by the so-called tax.

Social tenants deemed to have more bedrooms than they need have had their housing benefit reduced since April 1 under the contentious reforms.