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Temporary accommodation charging policy – key changes

How much should households contribute to stay in temporary accommodation?

Coventry City Council is consulting on proposals that could see charging introduced for  households who are in temporary accommodation. A policy could be in place by April 2020.

Coventry City Council use a range of temporary accommodation solutions which has led to an inconsistent approach to utilities payments. Some people living in temporary accommodation already pay for the utilities they use whilst many don’t.

The Council is now consulting to get views and comments on a proposal to introduce a consistent, fair and affordable way that residents will be charged while in the temporary accommodation.

If the policy is backed charging while in temporary accommodation may apply to:

  • Contributions to rent through a licence fee
  • The cost of Council Tax
  • Utilities charges – including electricity, gas and water
  • And furniture storage costs while in temporary accommodation.

The vast majority of local authorities in England already ask for financial contributions from people in temporary accommodation towards these costs. Currently, Coventry City Council pay for the best part of these charges. 

Complete the consultation survey.

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