Abolish Affordable Rent

Abolish Affordable Rent

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Stephen O'Donnell started this petition to The Housing Minister and

So called Affordable Rent has pushed thousands of hard working people into Poverty, rents set at £250 a week with £50 Council tax a week on top are far from Affordable for most of the working population, yet this madness has been going for well over 3 years now and is not even means tested! We live in a 4 bedroom property in Marden with rent of £250 a week and Council tax of £50 a week, this property was given to us as Housing Association tenants with a joint income of just over £30,000 a year this broke down to a weekly income of £395 per week, once the rent and council tax were paid this left us with less than £100 to feed and clothe six people, pay our has and electric, water rates, wifi, and all the other bills that a family of 6 face on a week to week basis. As a result we have been living in Poverty for over 3 years often going without food, clothes and not able to afford any kind of fun or vice, how can this be happening to working people in 2019? This needs to end now before more people fall into this trap and realise they have no way out! No one will swap with you, the local housing authority will not help, the council will not help and as my 15 year old son said to me recently "Dad arent you meant to have money left over from your wages for life after you have paid your bills?" This sadness needs to end now.

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