Bountiful Bristol Bulletin


Housing Benefit Poverty Hearing by nadiacatkinhillman
May 14, 2012, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

 

Bristol Council House

Friday 18th May, 7.30 – 9.30pm

I hope this finds you well and a last reminder of our Poverty Hearing on Friday this coming week!  I just wondered if you also had any employers that you might circulate,  as businesses have such a key role to play in this.  It would be great to find ways to prevent the predicted outcomes of the cuts in Bristol  over the next 18 months and would be lovely to have a full house on Friday.

Bristol is facing an epidemic of homelessness.  As a result of current Housing Benefit cuts, about 7,500 private rented homes in the city will no longer be available to benefit claimants.  Around 6,500 private tenants will face a typical reduction of £15 to £25 per week in their benefit, while a further 900 single people under age 35 will lose on average £40 per week.  While tenants may cut back on food or heating to pay the rent, this will not be sustainable in the long term.

As unemployment is strongly linked to homelessness, employers could play a crucial role in helping young people in housing need by providing training, apprenticeships or job opportunities.  For this reason we hope that you will attend the following event which is being organised by Bristol.

The aim of the Hearing is to raise awareness of the suffering caused by the Housing Benefit cuts and to consider what can be done in practical terms to help people at risk of homelessness.  We want to hear your views!

 

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