Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is encouraging all local residents who are entitled to access support and benefits to do so if they are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Citizens’ Advice have found that around 6 million UK adults have fallen behind on at least one household bill during the pandemic, including rent, utilities, and Council Tax. They also found that those who have been directly affected by the virus, key workers who played a vital role in the response, or those who were already in a financially precarious situation are far more likely to have fallen behind on bills.
This could have a significant impact on the economic recovery as every pound spent on debt repayments is a pound not spent on consuming goods and services on the high street.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“Our communities have done so much to pull together in response to this pandemic and they now need support to continue the recovery without falling into high levels of debt. It cannot be right that so many of our wonderful key workers who have cared for our loved ones and kept our supermarket shelves stocked are now left to grapple with unfair, unaffordable debts.”
The Welsh Government have announced a package of support to prevent a wave of homelessness following the coronavirus pandemic. A new Tenant Saver Loan Scheme will provide an affordable way to cover rent arrears or future months’ rent in order to reduce the risk of eviction and subsequent homelessness.
“I am pleased to see the Welsh Government’s commitment to tackling homelessness, and in particular, providing the support that will prevent homelessness in the first place.
“The coronavirus pandemic has given us the chance to reset our priorities and to consider how we want to recover – rebuilding after the inequality of the previous decade and changing our services and constituents’ lives for the better.”
Citizens’ Advice’s national advice line can be reached on 03444 77 20 20 or you can find details on other ways to contact the service and find information on their website here: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/wales/about-us/contact-us.