£1.5m of Lottery cash to help debt support

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An initiative to help people with financial problems in Sheffield has received a £1.5 million National Lottery grant towards its work.

Improving Financial Confidence Sheffield aims to ‘work with social housing providers to build up the financial skills and confidence of tenants to prevent debt and poverty escalating in challenging times’.

A spokesman for the project said: “We will provide advice on budgeting, benefit claims, saving money on utilities and general money management.

“The project will have a team of volunteer mentors ready to provide one to one support.”

He added: “Research shows that people who have money worries are affected in many areas of life.

“Often financial trouble can cause anxiety, stress, depression and even relationship breakdown.

“We will focus on preventative measures to debt.”

Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council cabinet member for housing, said: “The project can make a real difference.”

■ For more information, contacted the IFC team through Sheffield Citizens’ Advice Bureau on 0114 280 3926 or email colin.havard@debtsupportunit.org.uk