Council linking tenants with job opportunities
A London council has pledged to do more to help social housing tenants into work by encouraging social landlords to offer training schemes.
Kensington & Chelsea Council, in west London, says it is encouraging landlords to club together to commission training schemes to get better value for money.
Through an 18-month project the council is providing advice and support to tenants on the impact of benefit changes and aims to ‘link social housing tenants on benefits with employment and training opportunities’.
The council says the move is part of its response to the coalition government’s welfare reforms which include a £26,000 total household benefits cap which takes effect from next April.
Tim Coleridge, cabinet member for housing said: ‘Whatever political view one takes of the welfare reforms, most of us can agree that worklessness harms the individual and society and that training leading to employment is the answer.
‘Right now we have a lot of landlords doing a lot of things to help, often with their own tenants in mind.
‘We hope that by taking on a coordination role the council can help them do more, for more people.’
A government commission report last week found a of quarter of local housing allowance tenants asked said they had looked for a job to make-up the difference between their LHA and their rent. The report was led by Sheffield Hallam University to look into the effects of the LHA changes.