Council offers a helping hand

Council bosses are offering cash-strapped families across the Five Towns help paying their mortgage under a new scheme.

Wakefield Council has teamed up with other local authorities in Yorkshire and Humberside to set up the Breathing Space Scheme.

A Breathing Space loan could pay a homeowners mortgage and secured loan arrears for up to 12 months instalments, depending on individual circumstances.

The loan is interest free and secured against the property.

The amount people can receive is between £2,000 and £15,000 and will be decided by the Council depending on people’s needs.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said: “If your circumstances have changed due to losing your job or ill health, this scheme may be able to help you.

“Often people’s first worry is that they will lose their home in these tough times, but this loan can provide a short term fix to help people get back on their feet.”

The applicant will not have to pay any fees but will need to repay the loan by the end of the three year term.

For more information on the scheme including finding out if you are eligible please call 01924 305892.

Other authorities involved include Selby and Leeds.