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/
With unemployment in the UK at its highest for 16 years, the Norwood Foodbank has met many hundreds of people struggling to put food on the table. One of their visitors was Camilla, a professional who has been unable to find a job for a year. When she needed to spend money on a new boiler, there was nothing left for food. Camilla came to Norwood Foodbank on the brink of desperation and was given three days worth of food.
Norwood Foodbank is open on Tuesdays from 10am to 1pm and Fridays from 10am to 2pm at St Luke’s church Knights Hill SE27 0HS . People in need can obtain vouchers to exchange for food from their GPs, social workers and other health professionals.
The Foodbank relies heavily on the generosity of the public for food donations. Elizabeth Maytom who runs the Norwood Foodbank said: “People from Brixton were coming up to West Norwood to receive food, and we felt we had to do something to ease the burden for so many families.” The charity aims to tackle this problem with its brand new site at St Paul’s Church in Ferndale Road Brixton, which will engage with individuals and families in crisis, providing them with food, and directing them to local agencies.
For more information or to find out how to help, contact the team at email@example.com or visit the website at www.norwood.foodbank.org.uk