Harlesden/Stonebridge/Kensal Green Brent Connects meeting

The next forum will take place on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 at All Souls Church, Station Road Harlesden NW10 4UJ, starting at 7pm prompt.

The main agenda item is discussions on ‘Impact of the government’s radical overhaul of benefits on local residents’.

Panellists are:

  • Cllr Bobby Thomas – Chair
  • Jacky Peacock OBE – Brent Private Tenants’ Rights Group
  • Davis Oates, Head of Customer Service and Benefits, Brent
  • Sandy Fenwick, Department for Work and Pensions, West London Integrated District Operations Manager
  • Perry Singh, Assistant Director, Housing
  • John Doocey, Community Services Director, Cricklewood Homeless Concern (CHC)
  • Sophia Johnson, Brent CAB Service Manager

BHA have sent in notice that we’d like to ask the panel the following questions:

Will Brent Council follow the lead of other Councils which have said they will not evict tenants who get into arrears as a result of these changes? Will it advise Housing Associations with properties in Brent to do the same?

Since there are not enough smaller properties to offer to tenants hit by the bedroom tax, will Brent Council and the Housing Associations with properties in Brent follow the example of e.g. Knowsley Housing Association and Nottingham Council and redesignate properties?

We are told that nationally, two thirds of households hit by the bedroom tax include a person with a disability. In many cases, people with disabilities require extra space for specialist equipment and/or wheelchair accessibility and the Council may have spent considerable sums on providing adaptations to the home, so will the Council and Housing Associations acknowledge that and refuse to require people with disabilities to move?

What constitutes a “bedroom”. Will you confirm that a room with an area of less than 70 sq ft is a boxroom, not a bedroom?

If you can come along and make sure these questions get answered, or ask some of your own, let us know and we’ll see you there…

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