Gov­ern­ment should pay

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views - >Mark Ed­wards >@PT Mark Ed­wards

Coun­cil of­fi­cers say that the wor­ry­ing rise in the num­ber of home­less fam­i­lies need­ing help is, at least in part, due to changes in the way ben­e­fits are paid and the in­tro­duc­tion of Univer­sal Credit. In short, it’s be­lieved land­lords are more re­luc­tant to take on ten­ants on ben­e­fits as a re­sult of the changes. The city coun­cil is hop­ing to se­cure more prop­er­ties but in the mean­time the Gov­ern­ment should step in to fund the £1m bill for hous­ing home­less fam­i­lies in lo­cal Trav­elodges. The is­sue is deeply wor­ry­ing and should have been an­tic­i­pated by the coun­cil and the Gov­ern­ment. The re­ac­tion of some land­lords to Univer­sal Credit was pre­dictable even if it is not nec­es­sar­ily right or fair.

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