A new report released by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has blamed the UK government’s welfare reforms for a rise in clients seeking help for rent arrears on. The report comes the day after the government whipped their MPs to block the release of papers showing how Universal Credit will impact families.
The report starts by saying that in Scotland, the agency has seen a 40% rise in clients seeking assistance for rent arrears. Before you can even get into the report their findings are listed, and it doesn’t make comfortable reading for the government in Westminster.
The first and possibly most damning finding for the Tories says;
Source: Citizens Advice blame rent arrear rise on Universal Credit & welfare reform : Universal Credit Sufferer
Today’s demo started rather hurriedly and to be honest I didn’t know if I was coming or going. This feeling was amplified because it was cold, rainy and my daughter was a bit fed up. understandable of course. But she soon settled down into our usual routine and all was well.
We are seeing a lot of new faces due to Stalybridge Jobcentre shutting. They don’t know us and what we are doing, and we don’t know them or their situations either. So we have to start from scratch, which at times isn’t easy. But it’s a whole lot harder for them.
I started a conversation with a man who had been previously attending Stalybridge Jobcentre for his appointments. The first thing that he said to me was that he couldn’t believe how rude the front desk staff are at Ashton Jobcentre, and how rude some of the advisors are also…
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This is not an easy situation and rests in English Law. The tenant was Jack who paid rent to live in the council house, he did not own it, irrespective of how much rent he paid. He in fact was sub-letting to Brian and David, which could be in breach of his tenancy agreement. But if the council knew of the arrangement and let it ride for 58 years, then it is unlikely they could use this to evict. Since the death of Jack, who has been paying the rent, if it be either Brian or David, have the council accepted the rent as consideration. If so have they unwittingly created a new tenancy agreement by accepting the consideration.
This can only be sorted out by obtaining legal advice and if they do not wish to instruct solicitors, I suggest they go to their local Citizens Advice Bureau. Just because a council is involved it can not be assumed they fully know the law.