There are people across our borough suffering from the cost of living crisis; spiraling household and housing costs, as well as the shortages of social housing, which your Labour representatives have long called for action on, are causing distress for many.
If you are experiencing difficulties, there is advice and support for you. You can contact your local councillors and MP, speak to staff at the Housing department at the Council, and you might consider contacting the charity Shelter, who will help you with issues you are experiencing. Below is a brief statement from the charity who are making contact with all of us as elected representatives to make sure people who need this important advice can get it:
“We know that one in 13 people in the South East fear they won’t be able to afford to pay the rent or mortgage at the end of this month. Yet many people in this situation would feel too ashamed to ask for help.
Shelter’s helpline receives too many calls from people in desperation, and on the brink of losing their home, because bills and notices have been left unopened and problems have piled up.
This January we are encouraging those at risk to seek advice from Shelter and avoid problems spiralling out of control.”
You can find advice at http://www.shelter.org.uk/advice or call Shelter on 0808 800 4444