All aboard the universal credit bus
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Finance
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Salix Homes is using a community bus to help tenants get ready for universal credit which is being introduced in Salford this summer.
Salix Homes, an ALMO responsible for the management of 8,500 council homes across central Salford, is hitting the road with Manchester’s music station Key 103 and their community bus.
The bus will be parked at Tesco Extra in Pendleton on July 5. Salix Homes’ money advice team (MAT) will talk to people about changes to the benefit system and offer advice on budgeting. Representatives from Salford Credit Union will also be on board the bus.
Sian Grant, interim director of customer and neighbourhood services at Salix Homes, said: "We understand that this is a difficult and challenging time for people claiming benefits and we're working with our partners to make sure we're able to let our tenants know about the changes so they can understand how it will affect them and take any necessary action."
In September 2013, Salix Homes was selected by Salford City Council as the chosen landlord to take ownership of the 8,500 council homes in a proposed stock transfer, subject to the outcome of a tenant ballot expected this year and approval by government.