Rent help for people hit by welfare reform
People in Lincolnshire who do not get the full amount of housing benefit and are struggling to pay rent can apply for a share of a pot of cash to help them.
The City of Lincoln Council and North Kesteven District Council have been given extra money by the government as part of the Discretionary Housing Payment scheme, which is designed to help those having trouble making housing payments.
The City of Lincoln Council has been given £215,000 and North Kesteven District Council has been allocated £104,000.
With changes such as the 'bedroom tax' now in force, people are being urged not to wait and apply for the funding as soon as possible.
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Martin Walmsley, head of shared revenues and benefits for the City of Lincoln Council and North Kesteven District Council, said: “This money can really make a difference to those struggling to make their housing payments.
“It is there to help people who need it over a short period of time and can be used for a number of reasons, including helping with deposits or rent advances, women who are pregnant and need to cover the rent until the baby arrives or people living with a disability who need the extra bedroom.
“The application process is easy and we will help anyone who needs it to fill in the forms and work through the documents with them.
“If you want to apply then don’t wait, we are ready to help you.”
Anyone eligible for Housing Benefit who is responsible for paying rent and requires further financial assistance with housing costs can apply for help under the scheme.
Every claim is decided on its own merits when determining how much is awarded and over what period of time.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the city council on 01522 873355 or NK on 01529 414155, or pop in to City Hall or North Kesteven’s offices in Sleaford and North Hykeham.