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Tenants struggle to pay rent following changes to welfare reforms
HOMES in Sedgemoor has revealed a rising number of tenants struggling to pay their rent due to changes in welfare reforms.
The social landlord took part in new research by three national housing organisations into the impact of welfare reforms on council tenants.
Paul Coates, director of operations at Homes in Sedgemoor, said “We are concerned about the number of households impacted by the changes in Welfare Reform and the affect this has on our Tenants.
“We have a strong track record of collecting rent and supporting Tenants to manage their money, and we would urge anyone affected by Welfare Reform to contact us so that we can provide support where appropriate.”
The research found between March to June 2013, the number of council households in rent arrears across the country rose by 21%, and the rent owed rose by 16%. This compares with an 8% increase locally.
Research also revealed a 59% increase in households deemed to be under-occupying their home going into arrears. Homes in Sedgemoor recorded a large increase in the number of under-occupying households found to be in arrears, rising by 66%. For more information call Homes in Sedgemoor on 0800 585 360.
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