Friday, 21 April 2017

Council Tenants Rack Up Massive Rent Arrears After Changes

The chaotic launch of a new benefits system meant Newcastle council tenants racked up hundreds of thousands of pounds in debts. Tenants on the new system owe New Homes Newcastle, the body which manages housing on behalf of the city council, a total of £784,000. It follows the launch of Universal Credit in city jobcentres. The new system of paying benefits is to be introduced across the country, but early trials have been launched in areas of the country including Newcastle. The level of arrears in the city was revealed by Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell, as she led a House of Commons debate attended by Government Ministers. Read more on the Newcastle Chronicle.

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