Pendle hardship funds could be returned

Lancashire Telegraph: Coun Mohammed Iqbal Coun Mohammed Iqbal

A SENIOR councillor has voiced fears that around half of a major hardship fund, awarded to Pendle Council, could be returned to the Government.

Under its discretionary housing payments scheme, the borough council has £142,000 to give to the hardest-hit households, including those left worse off by the Government’s controversial bedroom tax.

But Coun Mohammed Iqbal, Labour group leader, said that, to date, only £53,460 had been distributed to struggling families – and around a third of applications had been turned down.

And if the trend continued, he told a full council meeting, only £71,000 would be handed out to homes in Nelson, Colne and West Craven before the end of the financial year, resulting in the leftover money being returned to Whitehall.

Coun Joe Cooney, council leader, said: “It was not so long ago that we issued a press release to remind people that that scheme was there. If we know people that are struggling then we should be promoting information about these payments in whatever way we can.”

Speaking later, Coun Iqbal, who represents Nelson’s Bradley ward, said: “It is disappointing that under the current leadership the council has turned down over 30 per cent of applications for help. By the current estimates we will be returning thousands of pounds from this scheme to the Government. I would ask why the council has not been more pro-active in identifying those most in need?”

Those qualifying for short-term assistance payments could also include those whose housing allowance has suddenly gone down, alongside those who have fallen foul of the new bedroom tax legislation.

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2:31pm Fri 27 Dec 13

phil kernot says...

Why don't thay use some of the money to appoint professional to advise people who are and are not entitled to the money instead of leaving it sitting there , bet those so called councilors and mps no what there so called entitled too
Why don't thay use some of the money to appoint professional to advise people who are and are not entitled to the money instead of leaving it sitting there , bet those so called councilors and mps no what there so called entitled too phil kernot

2:43am Sun 29 Dec 13

coates warder says...

they know who the poorest are but wait until they apply if they dont come forward it goes back to cental goverment with a pat on the back for all conservative couns and MPs.
they know who the poorest are but wait until they apply if they dont come forward it goes back to cental goverment with a pat on the back for all conservative couns and MPs. coates warder

12:08pm Sun 29 Dec 13

jenkinsroy says...

WELL MR Mohammed Iqbal
IF I WAS YOU I WOULD LOOK AT THE PEOPLE HOW
ARE TURNING DOWN THE APPLICATIONS TO HAVE
THAT MANY TURNED DOWN THERE IS SOME THING
WRONG CHECK ALL THE FORM AGAIN??
AND FIND OUT FROM THE GOVERNMENT WHY SO MANY
WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CLAIM IF THE GOVERNMENT HAS ADDED
THE CLAIM MORE STRINGENT FIND OUT WHY
I APPLIED ONCE WAS TURN DOWN SO I HAD TO REAPPLY
FOR THE HELP I GOT IT THE SECOND TIME GOOD???
SOME PEOPLE WILL NOT GO THOUGHT IT A SECOND TIME
BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TOLD WHY THEY WHERE TURNED DOWN
THE PEOPLE IN THE RENT OFFICES DO NOT TELL YOU ??
YOU MAY REAPPLY FOR THIS .
AND I FOUND IT HARD WORK GETTING HELP IN THIS MATTER
FROM ANY BODY
YOU MUST DO MORE TO LET US KNOW WHAT HELP THERE IS
FROM THE COUNCILS WE OUT HERE HAVE NOT GOT ANY
CLUE WHAT WE CAN CLAIM .??
PUT IT ON THE RADIO THEN ALL THE BLIND
WILL KNOW AS WELL AS US SIGHTED PEOPLE
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLAIMS IS ALWAYS WELCOME
WE OUT HERE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN CLAIM
IT IS ALL KEPT SECRET BY THE COUNCILS SO WE KNOW NOTHING
THE MORE WE KNOW THE BETTER LIFE WILL BE FOR US ALL
PUT UP SIGNS TO HELP US TO THE RIGHT DEPARTMENT
WILL HELP A LOT
WELL MR Mohammed Iqbal IF I WAS YOU I WOULD LOOK AT THE PEOPLE HOW ARE TURNING DOWN THE APPLICATIONS TO HAVE THAT MANY TURNED DOWN THERE IS SOME THING WRONG CHECK ALL THE FORM AGAIN?? AND FIND OUT FROM THE GOVERNMENT WHY SO MANY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CLAIM IF THE GOVERNMENT HAS ADDED THE CLAIM MORE STRINGENT FIND OUT WHY I APPLIED ONCE WAS TURN DOWN SO I HAD TO REAPPLY FOR THE HELP I GOT IT THE SECOND TIME GOOD??? SOME PEOPLE WILL NOT GO THOUGHT IT A SECOND TIME BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TOLD WHY THEY WHERE TURNED DOWN THE PEOPLE IN THE RENT OFFICES DO NOT TELL YOU ?? YOU MAY REAPPLY FOR THIS . AND I FOUND IT HARD WORK GETTING HELP IN THIS MATTER FROM ANY BODY YOU MUST DO MORE TO LET US KNOW WHAT HELP THERE IS FROM THE COUNCILS WE OUT HERE HAVE NOT GOT ANY CLUE WHAT WE CAN CLAIM .?? PUT IT ON THE RADIO THEN ALL THE BLIND WILL KNOW AS WELL AS US SIGHTED PEOPLE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLAIMS IS ALWAYS WELCOME WE OUT HERE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT WHAT WE CAN CLAIM IT IS ALL KEPT SECRET BY THE COUNCILS SO WE KNOW NOTHING THE MORE WE KNOW THE BETTER LIFE WILL BE FOR US ALL PUT UP SIGNS TO HELP US TO THE RIGHT DEPARTMENT WILL HELP A LOT jenkinsroy

5:02pm Tue 31 Dec 13

It's a spade! says...

If you can afford the internet then you don't need a hardship fund!

On second thoughts, I could do with a week away any chance i can have some free money?

Also my Mercedes needs a service and they are very expensive especially at this time of year, what with my Wonga loan to repay and all that.
If you can afford the internet then you don't need a hardship fund! On second thoughts, I could do with a week away any chance i can have some free money? Also my Mercedes needs a service and they are very expensive especially at this time of year, what with my Wonga loan to repay and all that. It's a spade!

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