I am dealing with an issue which means that some of the residents of the Gypsy & Travellers Site at Bury Brickfields have suddenly found that they are having to pay an increased weekly rental of about £23 a week.
This is a lot of money for people on very low incomes.
It arises because of the way housing benefit is calculated, connected to the decision by Hampshire County Council to transfer ownership of the site to a private company.
I wasn’t in favour of the HCC decision but was promised that it would have no impact on the residents.
Now I have found this isn’t so, I am in touch with Roy Perry, the Leader of HCC and Senior Officers at NFDC to try and get this issue resolved quickly.
I don’t think that those in charge at HCC deliberately set out to do this to the residents of Bury Brickfields.
It’s more a failure to adequately liaise with NFDC and to check the detailed rules that apply to payment of housing benefit.