Benefit claimants in North LincolnshireÂ at risk of homelessness, claims charity
Housing benefit applicantsÂ are at risk of homelessness because of the time it is taking for their claims to be processed, according to a charity.
Between April 2017 and March 2018, new claimants in North LincolnshireÂ waited on average 31 days before their application was completed, according to data from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Charity Turn2Us said peopleÂ can be threatened with eviction and face homelessness while they have to wait.
The average wait time in the area is twice as long asÂ councils are legally required to respond within; two weeks, or as soon is practical.
Pritie Billimoria, head of communications, said: "Housing benefit is not a luxury people can afford to wait for.
"It is not good enough that the average wait is almost twice as long as the legal requirement. At best, these delays and long waiting times are leaving people on the brink of losing the roof over their head and at worst are pushing people into homelessness.'
The wait time in North Lincolnshire isÂ above theÂ average of 22 days, which includes weekends.
There were 9,726 housing benefit claimants in North Lincolnshire in February 2018, the latest available data.