Merlin Housing Society to hold roadshows in preparation for government welfare reforms
MERLIN Housing Society is running a series of events to help customers help themselves.
The organisation, South Gloucestershire’s largest social housing landlord, is hoping to prepare its tenants for the government’s welfare reforms, which will include online only applications, with a number of roadshow events.
The society’s welfare reform co-ordinator Marcelle Targett said: “Universal Credit hasn’t been introduced in our area yet, but when it does, we want our customers to be ready for it.
“They’ll be getting nearly all their benefits in one lump sum, paid into the bank, building society or credit union account of one person in their household, once a month.
“That means that they need to have a bank account in the first place, be able to make their money stretch and be confident on the internet, as in the future, all benefit applications will need to be made online.
“We can help them with all that. Our expert teams will be out and about with other specialists from the local council, Bristol Debt Advice Centre, and others.”
The money management roadshows will also include general advice on budgeting.
They take place at Tesco in Yate Shopping Centre on Thursday, October 17 and in the St Mary Shopping Centre, Thornbury on Thursday, October 24 (10am-2pm).
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