Brighton Council offers loans to help staff find accommodation
A NEW loan scheme to support council staff with rental deposits has been introduced
He will see interest-free loans offered to staff to help cover housing costs.
The scheme, a first for Brighton and Hove City Council, hopes to inspire other employers in the city to support their staff with pay and benefits that can help those in need and retain workers in the city.
it aims to help staff avoid the need for high-cost personal loans by providing an interest-free loan to pay the deposit requested in advance by agents or landlords when renting a property.
Councilor Phelim Mac Cafferty, leader of the council, said: ‘The cost of living is one of the biggest concerns for people in Brighton and Hove and across the country at the moment.
“The harsh reality for many is that wages are simply not keeping pace with rising inflation and soaring energy bills.
“We want to do what we can for everyone in the city at this difficult time and that applies to council staff as well. The council’s ‘People Promise’ outlines many of the ways that we as an employer value staff and I intend to continue to listen to staff and unions to improve the offer.
“The new rental deposit scheme, along with a wide range of other social benefits, means the council can continue to be a caring employer and help staff do their best for the town.
“In a competitive job market, of course, part of it is fair compensation, but it’s also about other benefits that help.”
The program is available to all council staff from their first day of employment, with the exception of those on short-term or casual contracts, with staff repaying the loan over an agreed number of months directly from their salary, subject to eligibility and approval.
A model curriculum will also soon be available to all municipal schools should they wish to offer it as an option to their own staff.
In addition to being a living wage employer, the council also offers its staff loans for major purchases, a program to purchase additional annual leave, as well as professional and personal skills development.