Friday, 27 March 2015

Borough raises concerns over welfare reform

Senior figures in a London borough have signed a pledge voicing their concern about the impact proposed changes to welfare will have on residents.

Councillors, community groups and the Mayor of Tower Hamlets have all signed a pledge which laments the affect changes such as the extension of the single room rate restrictions to under 35’s and the welfare cap will have on around 6,000 claimants.

The pledge also makes a number of commitments including:

  • Providing housing affordable to all residents who require it
  • Strengthening financial inclusion by providing access to advice for households in arrears or debt
  • Supporting young people in affected families with the transition from education to employment
  • Equipping residents with the right skills to gain employment
  • Helping residents suffering from anxiety and stress to access the appropriate health and support services
  • Working together to prevent crime and anti social behaviour

Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: ‘The changes to benefits will make housing unaffordable to many, it will result in increased overcrowding, with more residents in debt and rent arrears.

‘It will lead to residents being forced to move away from their homes, their families and the communities that they have helped to build.

‘As a directly elected mayor, as a council and as a partnership we have a duty to protect all our residents and work to ensure they have a decent standard of living.’

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