New home, New start
Published by Kerrie Beck for Longhurst Group in Housing and also in Communities, Health, Local Government
Friendship Care and Housing (Friendship) has helped one of its vulnerable tenants with moving to a new home. Jane* who has learning difficulties was worried about the impact of the ‘bedroom tax’.
Jane was living alone in a two bedroom house, which meant that she would be expected to pay extra towards her rent. The stress of the new welfare reform rules and some problems with anti-social behaviour locally started to affect her health.
Michelle, Jane’s case worker, suggested, “The best option for Jane was to downsize to a one bedroom home. Together with Jane, we began to scour Friendship’s register for available properties and arranged a viewing for a suitable flat in a different part of Birmingham.”
Jane is now living in her new home and is relieved that she doesn’t have to worry about how to cope with the extra financial pressure.
“The move has made a huge difference to me. I’m happy that I won’t have to pay the bedroom tax and I don’t feel isolated anymore.” said Jane.
*Name changed to protect identity