Join discussion about housing benefit hardships
A DISCUSSION meeting will be held in Bristol tomorrow to find ways of helping thousands of housing tenants who are suffering financial hardship due to benefit cuts.
An estimated 7,500 private rented homes will no longer being available to benefit claimants as a result of the cuts by the Government.
About 6,500 private tenants will face an average reduction of £15-£25 a week in the benefit they receive. A further 900 single people under 35 will lose an average £40 a week.
Some experts believe the cuts will lead to a mass migration of poverty-stricken people moving to the north of the country from the south.
The meeting will be held at the Council House on College Green from 7.30pm-9.30pm. It has been organised by Bristol Poverty Action, which includes representatives of Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau, the Advice Network, CHAS (Bristol) and Redland Quaker Meeting.
It will be chaired by June Burrough founder of the Pierian Centre in St Paul's, who said: "The aim is to raise awareness of the suffering caused by the housing benefit cuts and to consider ways of helping people in urgent housing need.
"This is a chance to by-pass the rhetoric and to hear directly from the people affected. There will be an opportunity to contribute ideas how the situation can be addressed."
The main speakers will be five or six housing benefit claimants who will each talk for up to five minutes about their personal experience how the cuts have affected their lives.
The audience will then discuss what can be done to help people who are at risk of losing their tenancy or cannot find anywhere to live.
People will be seated at round tables to encourage discussion and networking.