Now that the hated Bedroom Tax is in full swing, and the first eviction notices are being sent out, it’s pretty important to think about downsizing if you possibly can.
Even though the council states it’s not happy with government policy, they’ve no choice but to enact it, so today (Wednesday May 29) they held an open day where people who are council or HA housed could find out about homeswapping.
The open day enabled residents to find out about the council’s Mutual Exchange Scheme, whereby tenants whose housing needs have changed for whatever reason can search for a swap in the same area.
A list of exchanges was available and advice on how to use it was provided.
Cllr Bill Randall, said:
“Our mutual exchange scheme is one of the ways we are helping tenants adversely affected by the government’s welfare changes,”
“We have actively contacted the 972 households affected by phone and letter to advise them on how we can help, and have also made home visits. We will continue to do everything we can to help tenants facing hardship.”
There is also a fund for people who are struggling with the Bedroom Tax and you can apply to the council directly for this. It’s called the Discretionary Housing Payment Fund, in case it slips their mind.
Or there is of course always the ultimate alternative: ‘Can’t Pay Won’t Pay’.
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