Money Advice

Did you know in the last year Equity's Money Advice Team has helped and supported: 

  • 207 of our customers have been referred to the service
  • This is up from 154 in 2016/17 and 164 in 2015/16
  • The top three things our customers are seeking help with are: Foodbank vouchers, Council Tax payments and ESA assessments
  • A third of those we have helped have secured a quantifiable financial benefit
  • The average monthly saving of a customer using our money advice service is £112.56.

We have also helped 197 of our customers get on Universal Credit to date.

If you are a woman who would like to get back to work and need some help and advice please contact Smart Works Greater Manchester

 

Our Money Advice Team:

Equity Money Advice Team has helped many customers deal with their debts by communicating with creditors on their behalf, making affordable agreements and in some cases, having debts written off.

Our Money Advice Officer can come and visit you in the comfort of your own home and help you deal with your financial matters and also check if you are claiming all the benefits that you are entitled to. This is a completely free service, so why wait? Get in touch with our Money Advice Service today

Contact Money Advice Service on 0161 486 7684 or email: moneyadvice@equityhousing.co.uk

Finance Month

 

Our Money Advice referral form:

If you need help and advice on money related matters, please complete our Money Advice referral form here

Why not watch our Money Advice Facebook live session by clicking on the film below:

 

Personal Independence Payments: 

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has made a number of useful films to help you with your Personal Independence Payments. Here are just a few.

 

To find out more about the PIP payments, please visit the DWP YouTube poages by clicking here

 

What our customers say about the service:

“Shaheeda at Equity Housing Group couldn’t have done any more for me: she’s one in a million”

Lisa Pennington has been an Equity customer since 1995 and lives in one of our properties in Chinley, High Peak. Here we talk to her about the advice she has received from one of our in-house money advice specialists, Shaheeda, over the past 18 months.

Following a breast cancer diagnosis at the start of 2017, I called Equity and informed them I didn’t think I’d be able to pay my rent whilst I was ill. Equity was really helpful and put my rent payments on hold and sent Shaheeda to visit me at my house in High Peak to talk me through all of the options I had available to me for financial support.

It was an extremely worrying time for me as I was self-employed, working as a cleaner so my job was very physical and difficult, particularly as I was going through the first rounds of chemotherapy. Shaheeda told me I wouldn’t need to work anymore due to my situation, which completely took all of the stress off me while I underwent treatment.

I had no idea about all the support that was available to me based on my situation so Shaheeda talked me through it all and put a plan in place to get them. So far, she’s helped me with my housing benefit and PIP and ESA payments, as well as Discretionary Housing Payment to help towards my bedroom tax – I was entitled to them all because I fell ill, but I didn’t know I could apply for any of them initially.

Shaheeda also managed to clear some catalogue debts for me by explaining my situation. The total amount of debts she’s managed to clear for me is £2866 which has been so helpful. Shaheeda really couldn’t have done any more for me, she’s so down to earth and I speak to her regularly as a friend: she really is one in a million.

If I was to give one piece of advice to someone struggling it would be to talk to people. Whether that’s about financial issues, or even if you’re just feeling low, there will always be someone there willing to help. Always tell people about your problems, don’t ignore them or they will simply get worse. I’m lucky that I had Shaheeda and the Equity team there to help me in such a difficult time and I know they would do the same for other people in my situation. 

 

Credit Unions:

To find out more about credit unions and how they can work for you, click on our Savings made simple icon below:

Credit Unions

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