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Camden Consultation

Have your say on how homes are allocated in Camden!

Every year Camden Council allocate 1,000 homes, but there are 28,500 households on their housing register. They can’t house everyone who asks them to.

With homes in such high demand, Camden Council have to ensure they go to local people who would benefit the most, such as overcrowded families.

Camden Council is now consulting on proposals for a new housing allocation scheme. Find out what the plans could mean for you and have your say. The consultation will is now open and will run until Sunday 5th April 2015.

Taking part

You can take part by:

  1. Completing the survey at www.camden.gov.uk/housingallocation. Paper copies of the survey are available from Council offices and libraries in the borough. You can also request copies directly from the Housing Strategy Unit (details below).
  2. Attending a workshop. The Council are running a series of workshops to discuss the proposed new scheme in more detail. If you would like to attend a workshop, please fill in your details on the survey and we will contact you directly. You can also contact the Housing Strategy Unit to book a place (details below).

For more information about the consultation, to request a paper copy of the survey or to book a workshop place, please email hsu@camden.gov.uk or call 020 7974 5519.

Paying your rent over Christmas and the New Year

Rent payments during the Christmas and New Year period

Christmas is fast approaching and we know that there can be a great deal of  pressure to spend a lot on presents and entertaining over Christmas and New Year; however, rent payments must still be paid before, during and after the festive period.

Missing payments during December and January means that you will start the New Year with arrears and we will take action against you that may result in losing your home.

Odu-Dua wants to make sure that you are able to enjoy Christmas without having to worry about money problems so here are some sensible steps you can take to ensure that this Christmas you stay out of debt:

  • Make sure all your priority bills are being paid – including rent, gas, electricity, water and council tax.  It is a condition of your tenancy that your rent is paid in advance and in full at all times.  The best way to pay your rent is by standing order from your bank account.
  • Make sure that you inform the relevant authorities such as Department of Work and Pensions and Housing Benefit department of any change in circumstances that may affect your benefit entitlement and do so promptly to avoid any overpayments which you will then need to repay.
  • Decide how much you can afford to spend at Christmas in advance and stick to it – you will still then be able to make payments on essential bills such as rent.
  • If you are in debt and want general advice on your debt then you can contact one of these organisations:

National Debt Line on: 0808 808 4000 or at: www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

Money Advice Service on: 0300 500 5000 or at: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Step Change on: 0800 138 1111 or at: www.stepchange.org

Pay Plan on; 020 3411 0273 or at: www.payplan.com

Your Local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) or at: www.citizensadvice.org.uk

The Money Charity on: 020 7062 8933 or at: www.themoneycharity.org.uk

 If you wish to discuss your rent account or this letter in more detail please phone Diana Duncan, Housing Officer.

 Jyotika Patel, Operations Manager

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