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To: Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey

Help people pay rent now

Make sure local housing allowance is enough to cover average rent prices.

That means increasing the Local Housing Allowance to cover the cost of median rent prices and removing any caps that stop people receiving the full amount.

Why is this important?

As the coronavirus crisis continues and many of us are losing our jobs, more people than ever will be applying for housing benefits to help us get through. But unless the government increases the amount of rent it covers, thousands of people still won’t be able to afford their rent.

That’s because right now housing benefits only cover the cost of the cheapest 30% of rent prices, and it can leave people hundreds of pounds short on their rent. With so many people suddenly relying on housing benefits to pay rent, and with no option to move to a cheaper flat, we’re calling on the government to increase the Local Housing Allowance to cover at least the average cost of renting and remove any caps stopping people getting the full amount.

Will you sign the petition now, and help make sure that those impacted by the coronavirus crisis have the support they need.

England, UK

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Reasons for signing

  • To get people help for their rent
  • Because I can't cover my rent ,I only get £320 a month and my rent is £770 a month ,I'm retired and I'm at a loss what to do ,please up our housing benefit to be realistic ,especially in this covid-19 crisis
  • My partner is registered disabled and we have to pay £300 a month out of her disability money to afford the rent. This for us has been a problem for years and we struggle every month to the point we’re we have no food and have to cut back and gas and electric. I do hope things change but I can’t see it.

Updates

2020-04-22 19:12:35 +0100

100,000 signatures reached

2020-04-07 10:45:22 +0100

50,000 signatures reached

2020-04-05 17:30:51 +0100

20,000 signatures reached

2020-04-05 16:00:11 +0100

10,000 signatures reached

2020-04-05 15:34:37 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2020-04-02 20:07:40 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2020-04-02 18:00:26 +0100

500 signatures reached

2020-04-02 17:25:19 +0100

100 signatures reached

2020-04-02 17:23:13 +0100

50 signatures reached

2020-04-02 17:21:53 +0100

25 signatures reached

2020-04-02 17:21:09 +0100

10 signatures reached