Letter: People at risk of becoming homeless

Date published: 07 September 2017

Dear Editor,

Local Housing Allowance (LHA) is a type of housing benefit given to 1.4m private tenants who need help paying their rent, but the government froze LHA contributions in 2015, while rents are only going up.

People are being forced into homelessness as the burden of their rent becomes too much

A current freeze on housing benefit is pushing hundreds of thousands of private renters dangerously close to breaking point at a time when homelessness is rising.

The government has shown a commitment to fighting homelessness, so must back up it's words with actions.

It must reverse cuts to Local Housing Allowance (LHA), a type of housing benefit, as a matter of urgency, to make sure that private tenants who need help paying rent aren't forced into homelessness.

Please could I take this opportunity to ask concerned readers of Rochdale Online to sign Housing Charity Shelter's petition and call on Chancellor Philip Hammond to restore LHA and stop more renters becoming homeless.

This can be done in a few moments at the Shelter campaign site at:

Thank you.


Andrew Wastling

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