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    A new framework agreed in Wales will help social housing tenants struggling to pay their rent get fair and consistent financial assistance.

    20 Welsh local authorities have been working in partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association and consultants from the Welfare Reform Club to develop the framework for awarding discretionary housing payments, reports 24dash.

    The Welsh government has called the new framework ‘ground-breaking’ and aims to maintain flexibility and discretion for local authorities to meet the demands of tenants.  

    Nick Jones, from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, said: “With the challenge of the recent welfare reforms including the ‘bedroom tax’, there was a significant pressure to define a fair and effective approach for administering discretionary housing payments. So it is really very pleasing that 20 local authorities have come together to agree that they needed a more consistent framework to help tenants, but one that also continued to allow local discretion…The result is good news for the local authorities and even better news for the tenants who they aim to help.”

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    May 14, 2015 by Laura Matthews Categories: Housing And Benefits

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