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AN extra £20 million is to be handed out by the Scottish Government next year to help “victims” of the so-called bedroom tax.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was due to reveal the move in a keynote speech to the SNP annual conference in Perth this afternoon.

Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Jane Barlow

Nicola Sturgeon. Picture: Jane Barlow

The cash will be allocated to councils to top up discretionary housing payments funded by the UK Department of Work and Pensions. Edinburgh’s share is expected to be more than £2m.

It comes on top of £20m of similar funding across Scotland for this financial year, announced by the Government last month.

Ms Sturgeon said said the money was the maximum amount that Westminster legislation allowed the Scottish Government to put into combating the effects of the welfare changes.

She said: “I promise that we will continue to do all we can to help, but only an independent Scottish Parliament will give use the powers we need to scrap the bedroom tax.

“We are doing the most we can with the powers we have to mitigate the worst impact.”