Housing staff warned to be wary of bedroom tax confrontations
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Communities
50,000 North East families hit by ‘bedroom tax’
A housing association is warning its staff to take precautions in case of confrontations related to the bedroom tax.
Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) has told employees to be careful about wearing uniforms and badges outside of work hours.
Though KHT insists that its frontline staff “are professionally trained to deal with potentially difficult and confrontational situations" it is recommending that its office-based employees, who have had no such training, are aware of the risks.
The Merseyside-based housing provider says that the move is not a reflection of protestors in the region, who it insists have been peaceful, but a precautionary move in response to advice from the police.
KHT says it is committed to fighting against the government's controversial under-occupancy policy, which it believes is "pushing thousands of struggling families into even greater hardship".
The 13,000-home provider added that it is working with local MPs to petition the government and is doing all it can to help its tenants cope with the raft of welfare changes.
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