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Low-income households in the United Kingdom may be eligible for additional assistance after the government announced £65 million in financing for vulnerable renters.
As part of its “leveling up” plan, the government has announced increased support for families ahead of the Budget on Wednesday.
It comes as Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced plans to raise the national minimum wage to £10 per hour by the next election.
In addition to the cash for vulnerable tenants, £500 million will be available to assist families with basic necessities during the winter.
Millions of individuals are struggling to make ends meet as a result of rising inflation and skyrocketing gas prices, which have resulted in higher electricity bills and higher food prices.
Petrol prices have reached a new high of £1.43 per litre today, adding to motorists’ agony.
At the same time, millions of people have had their weekly budgets reduced as a result of the loss of the Universal Credit uplift.
To help alleviate the pressure, the government would provide £65 million to councils across England to assist low-income renters in arrears.
According to debt charity StepChange, tenants are facing a £360 million debt backlog accumulated during the Covid 19 outbreak.
The added support, according to StepChange’s head of policy, research, and public relations, Peter Tutton, is “extremely useful.”
“While more will be needed to turn the tide on the backlog of rent arrears built up during the pandemic, which still needs to be addressed in this week’s Budget,” he added, “this should alleviate the immediacy of the mounting eviction pressure facing some of the most vulnerable households with the most entrenched rent problem debt.”
The UK government now expects that the additional funds will aid in preventing homelessness and assisting families in regaining their footing.
During the pandemic, tenants received further assistance in the form of an eviction prohibition, which helped to protect thousands of renters from losing their homes. However, that assistance is no longer available.
The assistance will be accessible through the winter of 2021.
If a family is facing eviction or homelessness, they should contact their local government for assistance.
You can look up your local council on the government website if you’re not sure.
On a case-by-case basis, each council will identify the best strategy to assist households in their area.
Any payments will most likely be made straight to the existing landlord, or to a new landlord if the money is used to help a family find a new home, according to the government.
Is there anything else I can do?
If you’re behind on your rent, the first thing you should do is contact your landlord.
You might be able to work out a cheaper rent or a payment plan with your landlord.
Your council tax bill may possibly be eligible for a reduction.
You can obtain a 25% discount if you live alone, and you can get a 50% discount if you live with “disregarded individuals” – people who don’t have to pay council tax.
Citizens Advice has a complete list of who is eligible.
Housing Benefit may be available to Universal Credit recipients. You should apply through your local council, who will analyze your situation and determine how much you are eligible for.
You might also be eligible for assistance with your energy expenses.
Some energy companies provide charitable trusts that might assist you in repaying your debts. Winter fuel payments, on the other hand, could save you up to £300 on your expenses during the coldest months of the year.
The cold weather payment scheme provides low-income households with £25 each week to assist them get through the winter.
OGE EBUBE penned this article.