‘Absurd idea’

Graeme Dey, MSP for Angus South, has welcomed the UK government’s partial U-turn over the bedroom tax but called on them to now go further.

His comments follow the announcement made by the work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, who said foster carers and armed forces personnel who live at home will be exempt from the hugely controversial policy.

Mr Dey had previously highlighted the potential impact of the Bedroom Tax on returning military personnel.

And on Wednesday, after adding his name to a letter signed by MSPs and Civic Scotland calling on Chancellor George Osbourne to axe the tax completely in next week’s budget, the SNP MSP said: “Westminster has at last come to its senses as far as service personnel and foster carers are concerned.

“And I welcome this row back from an absurd and ill-thought out idea that would have made it potentially far more difficult for those leaving the armed forces to adjust back into civilian life.

“However, the rethink does not go far enough.

“The Bedroom Tax should be abandoned completely.’’