Online event on tackling COVID related rent arrears

Online event on tackling COVID related rent arrears

15:24 PM, 15th July 2021, About 3 years ago

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The founder of the Big Issue, Lord Bird, Nigel Mills MP, a Conservative member of the Work and Pensions Committee, and Yvonne Fovargue, Labour Chair of the All-Party Group for Debt and Personal Finance will be addressing an online event on tackling COVID related rent arrears.

Government data shows that in England, since the start of lockdown measures in March last year, the proportion of private sector tenants in rent arrears has tripled. Such increases are not sustainable for either tenants or private landlords, the vast majority of whom are individuals.

With the governments in Wales and Scotland having developed bespoke schemes to help tenants pay off COVID related arrears the National Residential Landlords Association is holding a webinar to consider the scale of the problem we now face in England, why the Chancellor needs to act to address this and what that action should look like.

The event will take place at 10am on Tuesday 20th July and those speaking will be:

  • Nigel Mills MP – Conservative MP for Amber Valley and a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee
  • Yvonne Fovargue – Labour MP for Makerfield and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Debt and Personal Finance
  • Lord Bird of Notting Hill – Founder of the Big Issue
  • Chris Norris – Policy Director, the NRLA

Following contributions from the above, the session will open up for questions and general discussion with those attending.

The NRLA will be preparing a report based on the contributions of those speaking and those in attendance to be published on its website and to be submitted to the Chancellor, the Housing Secretary and the Prime Minister’s Office.

If you wish to join, please register at:

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