Rent help increased for North Lanarkshire Council tenants

Rent help increased for North Lanarkshire Council tenants

Help for households which have fallen behind with their rent payments during the cost-of-living crisis is being expanded in North Lanarkshire.

The £852,00 rent assistance fund will help council tenants on low incomes and Universal Credit who don’t currently qualify for any other UK or Scottish Government financial support.

A recent report highlighted that over 10,000 tenants, 70% of whom are on universal credit, are experiencing rent arrears. The rent assistance fund will seek to ensure tenancy levels are maintained despite the challenges faced by cost-of-living rises.

Heather Brannan-McVey, convener of housing, North Lanarkshire Council, explained: “Our priority is to support people through the cost-of-living crisis and reduce the impact of increased living costs wherever we can.

“Many on low incomes and universal credit may be facing financial hardship for the first time, but their income threshold means they don’t get any cost-of-living assistance other than the £400 energy bill discount.

“As household incomes continue to tighten, we recognise keeping up with rent payments can become increasingly difficult. That is why we are making it a priority to provide financial support for tenants on low incomes who need it most.”

Stephen Llewellyn, chief officer (housing management), added: “If you are concerned about keeping up with your rent payments, you may be eligible for financial assistance and you should contact us as soon as possible to find out how we can help.

“Our rent and universal credit assistance funds are being brought together so we can maximise the support we offer to tenants and families on low incomes. We understand the worry and stress that people are facing and this fund has been expanded to help as many people as possible.

“If you are struggling to make your rent payments, you should contact your local housing office or call 01698 524811.”

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