Luton Council urges residents to prioritise paying their rent this month
Put paying your rent at the top of your shopping list
With Christmas fast approaching Luton Council is encouraging residents to make sure they prioritise paying their rent.
In the run up to Christmas it can be tempting to think that skipping one or two payments will allow money to be spent on gifts, food or other items. In reality this is never a good idea and can invariably lead to complications and difficulties in the New Year.
There is plenty of advice and support on the council’s website, in addition, Luton Access a partnership of key information, advice and guidance organisations in the voluntary and community sector is available for anyone facing financial hardship.
Councillor Tom Shaw, portfolio holder for housing, said: “For many 2020 has been a truly miserable year and we’d all like to splash out on a bit of Christmas cheer for ourselves and those we love.
"This is perfectly understandable, but please don’t forget the essentials such as paying rent.
“Many people have faced incredible financial hardship in the past few months with redundancies and furloughs hitting hard in Luton, but it is always vital that residents pay what is owed.
"If they fail to do so there can be serious consequences that will only add to troubles.
"The council is here to help so if you know you might struggle, get in touch.”
If anyone is struggling to make ends meet they should contact their housing officer or phone customer services on 01582 546620.