A Welsh housing association responsible for more than 6,000 homes has been criticised for offering a free chocolate egg to tenants who've struggled to make rent payments following changes to their benefits.
You've been sharing your views on this story:
– Sian Jones via email
I would have found this absolutely insulting and patronising considering the 60p cost involved.The costs of meetings to decide this, the logistics of buying, packing and delivering these not to mention wages of those involved must have far outweighed the costs of the egg; I am sure the tenants would have preferred all that money to have been offered as a small discount off future rent - that would have been my choice!
– Tracy on Twitter
Well they do say chocolate makes everything better!! A cream egg definitely makes up for having to pay a tax!
– Anna Gearyon on Twitter
Tenants affected by 'Bedroom Tax' offered a Creme Egg? Not sure this counts as adequate compensation!
A housing association which offered a free Creme Egg to tenants affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax' has defended its offer.
– Valleys to Coast Housing Association
The letter of thanks and small gesture of the Crème Egg is an important recognition to those tenants who have struggled to find additional rent due to the UK government imposed bedroom tax policy. The initiative was supported by tenants on our Welfare Reform working group.
We always need to engage and keep the debate alive and the invitation to attend one of our regular walk-in sessions in Bridgend and pick up a free Crème Egg over Easter was a way of reminding tenants that even during the school holidays staff are available to help with financial advice.
Tenants who have been affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax' have been offered a 60p Creme Egg by their Housing Association as a reward for keeping up with rent payments.
Housing association Valleys to Coast (V2C), based in Bridgend, sent a letter to tenants to thank them for payments.
The letter, signed by Head of Neighbourhoods Nigel Draper, said: "The Bedroom Tax was introduced just over one year ago and Valleys to Coast Housing would like to thank you for your efforts to pay this shortfall.
"As well as thanking you by letter we would also like to offer you as a small thank you by offering a free Crème Egg should you call into the office during the month of April."