The government’s new rules on housing benefit start this month. Many families will have their housing benefit cut if they have too many bedrooms. Children aged under 10 must share a room and children of the same gender must share a room up to the age of 16. (The bedroom tax does not apply to pensioner households.)
The council has estimated over 400 families will be affected by this bedroom tax in the three Lambeth wards in the neighboourhood of Norwood (out of 3,000 affected families across the whole borough).
For advice see: http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/Services/AdviceBenefits/Benefits/BenefitsAreChanging/BigChangesHappeningToBenefits.htm
Norwood Foodbank, operating from St Lukes church on Tuesdays and Fridays, is expecting a rise in referrrals as more households struggle with rising rent, fuel and food costs. Donations of non-pershable food to the Foodbank can be made at Floral Hall 370 Norwood Road SE27 9BQ – and at St Lukes church, Knights Hill SE27 0HS Tuesday to Friday, 9am to 3pm or Sunday service 10.30am . More information at: http://norwood.foodbank.org.uk/
Lambeth will commit to freeze your local council tax for the next two years at the cabinet meeting on 12th November. With increasing transport , energy, food and other living costs , Lambeth’s Labour councillors want to support residents by freezing council tax. Labour has frozen your council tax since 2008.
Lambeth’s cabinet member for Finance and Resources, Councillor Paul McGlone said;
“The economic failure of the Coalition Government means the cost of living is increasing and many local people are now struggling to make ends meet.
“We are doing what we can to help residents and the council tax freeze is part of that. It is a historic decision that means council tax will have been at the same level for 6 years running.”