Tenants ‘Meet and Eat’ event

Press Release: 24/02/2014

Tenants Eat and Meet Event

Tenants ‘Meet and Eat’ is an opportunity for all Council tenants to find out more about some of the benefits and housing changes that are being introduced by the Government. The event will be held at the Guildhall in Winchester on Saturday 1 March (10am-12.30pm).

Some of the welfare reforms such as universal credit will affect those tenants receiving housing and other benefits. Others such as the spare-room subsidy or 'bedroom tax' and flexible tenancies may affect all tenants.

Speakers at ‘Meet and Eat’ include Eileen Short, the Chair of Defend Council Housing, who is campaigning on behalf of council tenants and particularly about the cuts to benefits.

Nic Bliss, the Chair of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, will give a personal view about what the future holds for all in social housing.

Don Curtis, a Consultant on Welfare Reform, will update the meeting on the latest on universal credit and dispel some of the myths that existing about welfare benefits and the proposed changes.

There will also be an opportunity to find out about how some Winchester tenants are involved in improving housing services for all tenants.

Both Nic Bliss and Eileen Short are themselves social tenants so this event will be very much about tenants talking to tenants about mutual concerns. It is an opportunity to find out more from people who know with a free buffet lunch at the end of the morning.

There are only a few places left so tenants interested in attending should book now by contacting David Lumby at Winchester City Council on 01962 848139 or by email dlumby@winchester.gov.uk