Local Conservatives support residents through welfare changes

Local residents living in council homes will receive extra support to help them adjust to changes to welfare payments following a decision by the Conservative council last week.

Among the measures agreed, in which Adrian was a prime mover, are proposals to work closely with a local credit union and to take on an additional officer to work with tenants to ensure that they can access the best value banking; energy and telecoms products.

Cabinet members on the council also agreed to the promotion of direct debits and agreed in principle a scheme to allow tenants to purchase replacement household goods such as washing machines and furniture at affordable interest rates.

Adrian said, “Welfare changes are coming as part of the Government’s plans to reduce the overspending inherited from Labour and ensure that work pays. However, we realise that these changes will impact significantly on many of our tenants. That’s why we are taking steps to increase our officer support and develop additional options to help tenants balance their household books as these welfare changes take place.”

The Government is making changes to housing benefit from April this year. Next year sees further changes with the introduction of Universal Credit and its direct payment to recipients.

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