Welfare reforms blamed for increase in rent arrears in Wales
- 06 Mar
The Welsh government are citing welfare reforms as the possible factor for one in three social housing households in Wales being in rent arrears.
Statistics published by the Welsh Government show that 33% of the 221,911 social housing households in Wales were in rent Arrears as of 31st March 2014, represents a 4.8% increase in tenants in arrears the previous year, reports Inside Housing.
The Welsh government said: "The increase in both the number and percentage of rent arrears among tenants of social housing during 2013/14 may be influenced by the recent welfare reforms in particular changes to housing benefit legislation introduced in April 2013."
The bedroom tax was affecting 30,909 people in Wales in November.
The increases in numbers in arrears were much higher for council tenants than for tenants of housing associations. Councils saw a 9.3% increase in tenants in arrears to 29,308, while the housing association rent arrears tenants only increased slightly from 43,017 to 43,865.
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