Lib Dems slam Conservatives’ cuts to Discretionary Housing Payment 

Lib Dems have slammed Government cuts to funding which supports the most vulnerable in society. This month, the government cut the funds to councils for Discretionary Housing Payment from £140 million to £40 million.

Tim Farron MP, Local Government Spokesman said: “As prices rocket, so many families will find themselves simply unable to afford the rent, to feed their families or both.  Councils can help people in extreme circumstances to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table through discretionary payments, so for the government to cut those payments by 40% is a heartless act especially at this moment.  I implore ministers to rethink this awful decision.'

Cllr Joe Harris, Leader of the Liberal Democrats at the Local Government Association, said: “This risks more people being made homeless, due to rent arrears.  With the cost of living increasing to an all-time high those on low incomes are going to struggle to meet not just their rent, but utilities and other bills”.