Help for tenants amid pro­posed changes to wel­fare

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

PETER­BOR­OUGH’S largest land­lord has re­launched its “down­siz­ing” scheme to help tenants who may be ad­versely af­fected by the Gov­ern­ment’s planned wel­fare re­forms.

The Cross Key Homes scheme of­fers fi­nan­cial re­wards of up to £500 for ev­ery spare be­d­room re­leased, along with help with mov­ing costs. So far, about 85 peo­ple have suc­cess­fully moved to a smaller home through the scheme.

The as­so­ci­a­tion is pro­vid­ing a face-to-face ser­vice to its 600 work­ing age res­i­dents who may be af­fected by the na­tional pro­pos­als, which would see fam­i­lies hav­ing their ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing hous­ing costs, capped at £500 per week from April 2013.

A spokes­woman for Cross Keys Homes said the re­al­ity fac­ing those tenants of work­ing age who live in prop­er­ties larger than they need is that they will see a ben­e­fit re­duc­tion for their spare bed­rooms and will have to top up their rent them­selves for these ex­tra bed­rooms.

Michael Bruce, Cross Keys Homes’ se­nior neigh­bour­hood man­ager, said: “We have de­vel­oped a very com­pre­hen­sive down­siz­ing scheme. How­ever, we re­ally be­lieve that it is es­sen­tial not only to of­fer very gen- er­ous in­cen­tives to help res­i­dents but to also as­sist them by pro­vid­ing one-to-one sup­port and ad­vice through­out the pe­riod of plan­ning and ac­tu­ally mov­ing home.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about Cross Keys Homes visit www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk or to find out fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion’s down­siz­ing scheme call 01733 385077 or 01733 385061.

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