Benefit-cap victims call on council to step in
YOUNG families facing eviction because of Tory benefit cuts demonstrated outside Edinburgh City Chambers yesterday during a council meeting in a bid to highlight their situation.
Eleven families, with a total of 42 children, are facing eviction from their privately rented homes in north Edinburgh because of the effects of benefits cap.
Some have already been kicked out and are living in unsuitable accommodation.
Unite Community co-ordinator for Scotland Jamie-Max Caldwell said that “further cuts to people’s benefits have left families facing eviction” and it was a “total outrage” that the Westminster government “keeps attacking the most vulnerable in our society.”
Mr Caldwell told the Star that Unite Community was standing alongside these families “as it is our duty to stand up in solidarity to fight against cuts.”
He added: “The bravery of these families speaking out and campaigning against these evictions is an example to us all.”
Unite Community’s Edinburgh vice-chair Willie Black warned that benefit caps were putting more and more pressure on families already struggling to get by, and the current crisis was “just the tip of a very big iceberg.”
He said tenants are “losing any kind of protections as Edinburgh council has scaled back the discretionary housing payment (DHP), which helped families make up the shortfall between their housing costs and benefits.”