Due to the Tory led Coalition’s housing benefit changes, Labour led Lambeth council is preparing itself for a rise in homelessness. We are preparing to combat this by forming the capital’s first ever Tenancy Rescue Service aimed at rescuing vulnerable people under the age of 35 who will be most at risk of sleeping rough once the governments harmful reforms have been implemented.
Tens of thousands more across the capital are expected to suffer as a result of the Tory led changes which will see those under the age of 35 have their benefits reduced to a shared room rate of £85 pounds regardless of how much the rent actually costs. It is estimated that 548 young people in the borough and thousands more across the capital will loose their homes unless we intervene.
Lambeth’s new Tenancy Rescue Service will ensure that any individuals or families threatened with homelessness are offered support to reschedule rental terms with landlords, maximise income in some way, or change their living arrangements.
Labour in Lambeth is taking decisive action now and will not sit back and watch our most vulnerable residents return to rough sleeping. The people who need housing benefit the most will be among the hardest hit by these reforms.
The majority of housing benefit claimants will be affected in some way. At a time when families are dealing with increased costs of bills, food and fuel, these Tory led changes will push many into very difficult financial circumstances.