Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

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Taxpayers Money Subsidising Private Landlords in North Ayrshire

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Joe has released figures which show that a huge amount of taxpayers money is being paid to private landlords in North Ayrshire.

As part of his Home Sweet Home campaign Councillor Cullinane has revealed that in 2014/15 North Ayrshire Council paid out £10.8million in direct Housing Benefit payments to private landlords. The total amount paid to private landlords will be greater as the £10.8million figure does not include housing benefit payments paid to private landlords via their tenants. 

Councillor Cullinane has also revealed that 184 private landlords received over £10,000 in direct payments in 2014/15. 

Previously the GMB trade union revealed that in 2013/14 one individual alone, a Mr Steven Easton, received £145,935 in Housing Benefit from North Ayrshire Council. 

Councillor Cullinane hit out at the payments just as Tory Chancellor George Osborne announced £12bn worth of new cuts to welfare benefits. 

Speaking about the figures Councillor Cullinane said, 

“These figures reveal that the real benefit scroungers are rich private landlords.” 

“It is shocking that in an area with the highest level of youth unemployment in Scotland, where a third of children are growing up in poverty and social deprivation is prevalent that 184 individual private landlords are making over £10,000 from housing benefit payments per year. That one individual can receive £145,000 in a single year is simply scandalous.” 

“What we get from the Tories however is an additional £12bn of welfare cuts for those on the lowest incomes and nothing at all to tackle the huge amount of taxpayers money being paid to private landlords in Housing Benefit.” 

“Such exuberant figures are only possible because we face a housing crisis coupled with a de-regulated private rented sector. Through my Home Sweet Home campaign I want to set out how we can reduce this public subsidy to private landlords by building more social housing and making the private rented sector fairer.”

More graphics to share on Housing Benefit to private landlords:

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