COMMUNITY leaders will discuss whether or not to introduce a policy which bans the eviction of tenants who fall into rent arrears following the introduction of ‘bedroom tax’.
The tax docks the housing benefit of people who have spare bedrooms.
Now, following a motion from councillor Nick Clarke, North West Leicestershire District Council will consider enacting the policy when it meets on Tuesday, September 17.
In the motion, councillor Clarke said: “Thousands of social housing tenants are losing housing benefit if they are deemed to have a “spare” bedroom.
“Hard working families on low incomes, parents with part custody of their children and disabled people will see their housing benefit slashed.
“Rent arrears mean the threat of eviction and homelessness.
“Landlords must be persuaded to remove the threat of eviction from those detrimentally affected.”