The UK Muslim charity National Zakat Foundation has introduced a Covid Recovery Scheme to support tenants at risk of eviction.
The charity which collects Zakat - an obligatory payment in the Islamic faith of 2.5 per cent of annual qualifying wealth which is then distributed back into the Muslim community - has increased monetary grants to the communities it works in.
Reza Jugon, Head of Service Delivery at NZF explains: “Unemployment rates are still … at 4.6 per cent, meaning many are still financially vulnerable and likely have both rent and council tax arrears.
“Muslims in particular were hit hard by the pandemic and the new Covid recovery fund will aim to act as a significant support for this demographic.”
The charity’s scheme has increased the grant limit for both rental and council tax arrears from between £800 and £1,000 to £1,500 for both, in line with the demand.
NZF is also introducing new grants, offering ongoing rent support for up to three months to help those affected to get back on their feet. Other additions include a moving grant of up to £500 and a renovation grant of up to £350 for basic furnishings.
The charity says its grants do not have a set deadline due to the fluidity of the economic situation.
“Hardship is predicted to increase throughout winter as per annual trends and so the change in renters’ rights could not have come at a worse time. This Covid recovery scheme will act as a lifeline to thousands of Muslims in the UK” suggests Jugon.
The scheme offers money grants and also signposts and refers applicants to specialist organisations.
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