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Salford tenants get on board with benefit change

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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Universal Credit and also in Housing

Helen Thorpe from Salix Homes chats to tenant June McRae Helen Thorpe from Salix Homes chats to tenant June McRae

The people of Salford have been getting on board with benefit change.

Salix Homes hit the road with Manchester’s no.1 hit music station Key 103 and their community bus to get tenants ready for Universal Credit, which will be introduced in Eccles and Worsley at the end of this month.

Universal Credit is a new benefit being brought in by the Government, which combines six benefits into one single monthly payment. The changes to the benefits system mean all new claimants will need a bank, building society, post office or credit union account and will have to manage their claim online.

Scores of people stepped aboard the ‘Benefits Bus’ on Saturday when it was parked at Tesco Extra in Pendleton to seek advice and find out how the changes to benefits will affect them.

Helen Thorpe, customer support manager at Salix Homes, said: “Universal Credit is slowly being introduced in our area from the end of this month and it will affect the benefits our tenants get and the way they receive them.

“Our bus day event was a success and our Money Advice Team (MAT), along with representatives from Salford Credit Union and Salford CAB, were talking to people all day offering their help and advice. It is clear that there are people out there who are very anxious and concerned about the changes and they welcomed the fact that we were able to offer some support.”

By the end of this year all job centres in Salford will be introducing Universal Credit to new claimants who are single, and it will then be extended to new claimants who are couples and those who have children.

The Salix Homes team was on hand to talk to people about the changes to the benefit system as well as offer advice on budgeting and money matters to help people keep on track with their finances.

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