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Making your money matter

With many of us making New Year’s resolutions to manage our money and budgets, Borough Council tenants are being urged to ensure their rent accounts are not in arrears.

The Council has a very good record of collecting rents and the majority of tenants know the importance of paying their rent on time.  However last year 28 tenants were evicted from their homes for rent arrears.

The Council will always try to help so if you are having any difficulties budgeting and managing after the Christmas bills, please get in contact with us. Don’t be faced with losing your home.

Any tenant who needs advice on budgeting and managing money can contact the Council’s free, independent and confidential Money Advice Service.

Advisers can help you with debt problems, and offer advice on managing bills, claiming benefits, and negotiating debt payment programmes. It’s easy just email moneyadvice@westlancs.gov.uk or call the team on 01695 585250 for an appointment.

We can also guide you on alternatives to loan sharks such as Credit Unions, and Knowsley Mutual Credit Union www.knowsleymutualcu.co.uk is one that operates in West Lancashire.

If you have just made a claim for Universal Credit and need help to make sure your claim includes your rent you can contact our dedicated Universal Credit Support Officer on 01695 712557. Don’t delay as this could result in rent arrears on your rent account.

Did you know you can now pay your housing rent using direct debit weekly, fortnightly or monthly on any date in the month? This helps with managing your money and means those on Universal Credit can set up a rent payment on their Universal Credit pay date. The system is quick and easy. To set up a direct debit payment call us today on 01695 585252.

Councillor Jenny Forshaw, portfolio holder for Housing and Inclusion, said: “Many of us make new year’s resolutions and for some of us the priority is to get our finances in order, particularly when facing the post-Christmas bills. A number of our tenants are in arrears but they have time to get their accounts up to date. If this applies to you make it your resolution to ‘Make your Money Matter’.”

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