News: Housing association urges residents to sign petition against benefit changes

Thousands of residents living in social housing could be pushed into hardship if proposed Government changes to welfare benefits go ahead.

Oldham-based landlord Aksa Homes is calling for tenants to sign a petition, or write to their MP, to urge ministers to rethink changes to housing benefit rules which could leave the most vulnerable of residents out of pocket.

As part of a national Welfare Action Week (10 – 16 October), Aska Homes will join
hundreds of other housing associations across the country to campaign against the
Government‟s Welfare Reform Bill.

Under the proposed changes, people of a working age living in a council or a housing association home with a spare bedroom will lose part of their housing benefit. This includes disabled people, foster carers, working families on low income and those with young children.

There are also plans for all households to have their benefits capped.

Separately, the Government wants to scrap tenants’ right to have their housing benefit paid directly to their landlord.

This would take away the most convenient way for tenants to pay their rent, making it
harder for some to manage their incomes and potentially increase the risk of personal debts and arrears.

Welfare Action Week is being organised by the National Housing Federation. It estimates
that 670,000 people living in social housing who are of working age and claiming housing
benefit will receive an average cut of £676 per year.

During the week of action, residents concerned about the changes can „say no‟ by visiting
the Aksa Homes office on Phoenix Street and signing the petition.

Alternatively, tenants can email their MP at
www.housing.org.uk/campaigns/housing_crisis/new_action.aspx

Mushtaq Khan, Director of Aksa Homes said: “These changes are set to hit the people who rely on benefits the hardest and we‟re very concerned at how our tenants will be affected.

“We want to urge the Government to reconsider its proposal and we need as many tenants as possible to sign the petition, or contact their MP, to help to do this.

“We don‟t want tenants to be forced into poverty and we‟ll be doing everything we can
during Welfare Action Week to publicise the campaign.”

The policies are expected to be introduced in April 2013.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Aksa, News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to News: Housing association urges residents to sign petition against benefit changes

  1. snvk says:

    I like your post and housing scheme is really good.
    it support in Oldham

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s