Rent arrears in East Lothian have risen by £170,000 since the UK government’s welfare reforms were introduced in April.
The council is concerned that there are local residents who are not seeking the available advice and support, and are urging them to take action.
A meeting of the cabinet heard that at the the end of last month, rent arrears stood at £1.45 million, some of which could be down to the so-called “bedroom tax.”
John Cunningham, benefit manager, said: “It should be noted that the dynamics associated with under occupancy makes analysis of these figures very difficult. Whilst rent arrrears are directly affected by this change it is more difficult to assess what other factors may be impacting on a tenant’s ability to pay. The key message is about making sure people are aware of these changes and what to do about them. If you are affected, seek advice.”