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    Due to the government reductions to emergency support budgets a housing association in the north east of England has nearly triple its own fund to support tenants who find themselves hit by welfare cuts.

    For the past two years Thirteen Group has offered a £330,000 annual pot of money to support tenants who have been affected by the government’s welfare reforms over the last two years. This year, however, they have increased their budget to £850,000 due to the reduction in DHP payments, reports Inside Housing.

    The funding is targeted toward people who have issues with failing tenancies or void properties.

    Dave Pickard, group director of operations at Thirteen Group, said: ‘We are now targeting it on a more geographical basis. “So if we have got areas where we are getting a lot of terminations, we are trying to support people within those communities to stay in their homes. The amount of money coming through local authorities is reducing. The money councils has been masking the financial impact on people and is that is left people might find themselves in difficulty.”

    Upon receiving the additional support tenants have to agree to make up their remaining shortfall and attend financial inclusion and employability sessions.

    A DWP spokesman said: “We have provided almost £500m in discretionary housing payments to support people affected by our welfare reforms.”

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    May 27, 2015 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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