Welfare roadshow heads for Wigan

The Adactus mobile advice centre
The Adactus mobile advice centre
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HOUSING Association staff are taking to the roads of Wigan to spread the message to their tenants about changes to welfare benefits.

The changes, which Adactus says represent the biggest benefit reforms in a generation, mean that many tenants will stand to lose money.

Joining forces with the www.helpwithrent.org.uk team and its mobile advice centre, Adactus is planning a series of road shows across Wigan and Leigh in order to explain to tenants what the changes mean.

The money advice bus will be in Wigan and Leigh on the following dates:

l Standishgate, Wigan – August 3, August 21 and September 13;

l Bradshawgate, Leigh – August 2, August 20 and September 14.

Tenants will be able to drop in from any time between 10am and 3pm.

Adactus arrears manager Elaine Jackson said: “The housing and other welfare benefits are designed to encourage more people back into work and place more financial responsibility on individuals.

“The impact of these changes will be felt by every tenant who currently receives benefit, and to help tenants prepare for this, we’re doing a lot of work to ensure that people are better able to manage their money. We really need tenants to come and talk to us so that we can explain the changes face to face.”

Adactus will be carrying out telephone surveys to identify which tenants may be affected to allow it to target resources at those most in need.