Housing benefit relief offered to Londoners in PRS

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London councils have been given extra funding to ease the transition for those in the private rented sector as housing benefit is cut.

The government has provided £5.9 million until 2015 to help residents and councils renegotiate with landlords, or find more alternative properties.

Since the housing benefit cuts were announced, concerns have been raised that the high rents in London and lower payments could drive people out of the capital.

Minister for welfare reform Lord Freud said: “We are already seeing councils pulling together to create innovative projects to target support for tenants and work with landlords to renegotiate rents or find affordable properties.”

All councils across Britain are set to receive a share of £15 million of funding. Ten projects were created last year with the first £4 million of funding.

These include a social letting agency targeting landlords in eight local authorities in East London and a digital service covering 50,000 households in five local authority areas in West Yorkshire.

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29th February 2012