New scheme offers money advice to tenants

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Sheffield Homes has teamed up with Sheffield Citizens Advice Bureau’s debt support unit to offer money advice and support to tenants.

The new, free advice sessions are aimed at customers who want to find out more about the costs involved with running and maintaining a home, as well as customers who need more general debt and money advice. Classes run every Wednesday from 10am to 4pm at the city centre property shop, Union Street. Money advice workers will be able to offer support with:

■ Debt problems and how to get help

■ Making and keeping a personal budget

■ Basic banking

■ Identifying priority and non-priority bills and payments

■ Energy-saving tips

■ Money-saving ideas.

Free one-to-one financial health checks will also be available.

Maxine Stavrianakos, Sheffield Homes head of income management, said: “Taking on a new home or moving to a different property is a big financial commitment and providing this drop-in service will enable anyone with concerns about their money to get timely, practical advice.

“Our money advice team is already working in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau to support customers who are experiencing problems with paying their rent or who have problems with debt and this initiative builds on our existing work.”

The Property Shop provides information and advice about renting council and housing association properties.

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, said: “In this current climate it is important we offer our customers as much support and advice on financial matters as we can.”

n No appointment is necessary to attend the sessions.