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Council owed £1.8 MILLION in rent arrears

September 25, 2019 8:00 AM
By Nick Machnik-Foster

Council owed £1.8 MILLION in rent arrears

Tenants in Wolverhampton owe £1.8 million to the council in rent arrears according to figures uncovered by the City Liberal Democrats. With one resident owing the council a colossal £3,200 in back rent.

A Freedom of Information request laid out the bleak financial situation in which thousands of people find themselves.

The data showed that at the end of the 2018/19 financial year residents owed the city £1.8 million in rent arrears. The council also admitted that their bad debt provision was even higher at £1.9 million.

Over the last few years, the council stated they had evicted 260 people from council owned properties due to rent arrears.

The council also admitted that someone owes them a massive £3,200 in back rent while the smallest amount owed is 1p.

The party reminded people that if they are 2 months or more behind on your rent, a landlord can ask for some of a Universal Credit to be paid directly to them. This will help residents pay off the debt.

But the City Liberal Democrats have warned that Universal Credit could carry serious implications for tenants, including a rise in homelessness and more debt in Wolverhampton.

Liberal Democrat campaigner Leyla Abbes has called for changes to the controversial benefit, branding it a "universal failure".

She added: "It has helped push thousands of people into rent arrears.

"Westminster needs to look at this again. They are failing some of the most vulnerable in Wolverhampton."