SWANSEA Council has disputed a claim by a Tory AM that it is not doing enough to help people affected by the controversial "bedroom tax".
Suzy Davies said she wondered why Swansea and Neath Port Talbot's Labour-run councils had not applied for funding to help residents affected by the spare room subsidy — dubbed the bedroom tax — given the party's "bitter attacks" on the Coalition Government's policy.
South Wales West AM Mrs Davies said neither authority had applied for a share of £20 million made available to councils last July.
"Labour politicians are the first to be critical, in very extreme terms, about the effects of the spare bedroom subsidy," she said.
"However, this revelation (that only three Welsh councils had applied for a share of the £20 million) by the Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb suggests that Labour councils are not exactly exercising themselves to do what they can for those they maintain are in dire straits."
Swansea Council said it had used money from a first round of funding, but did not feel at this stage there was further demand for the extra £20 million.
A spokesman said: "We have been working with tenants and landlords to alert them to the potential impact of the so-called bedroom tax and have supported them by raising awareness of the availability of discretionary housing payments.
"As a result we have received and spent more than £570,000 funding over the last year, and made 1,871 payment awards."
He added the council was committed to supporting those who needed it and were eligible in the coming year.
And a Neath Port Talbot Council spokesman said it provided 1,214 discretionary housing payments during 2013-14.
He added: "While the UK Government announced an additional £20 million available for the whole of the UK there were strict bidding conditions attached to this money and there was no guarantee when they were going to announce the outcome of the bid, which actually took place late in 2013.
"There was also concern that the amount of money made available for 2014-15 would be less than for 2013-14 and reduce the number of people supported."