In response to the report from Crisis on prevention through investment in housing benefit, Cllr Tom Beattie, DCN Vice Chair and lead member for Better Lives said;
‘Districts are vital to preventing homelessness and providing resolution when our residents are faced with no alternative. Councils have faced an increasing tide of need where Local Housing Allowance has failed to cover the increasing cost of rents, when resources have continued to be under pressure.
‘We echo the asks of Crisis and jointly call on government to end the freeze on Local Housing Allowance and lift the current rates which are seeing too many people struggling to meet the shortfall at the detriment of their health, wellbeing and independence.
‘We believe this immediate resolution will provide a significant, positive impact but councils must be given the financial freedom to deliver affordable housing, which will enable a more collaborative, long term solution to a continually increasing and devastating problem.’
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