14/04/2020

Six Town Housing is launching a new service to support local people who live in social housing or rent privately who need to make claims for benefits as a result of a loss of income caused by coronavirus.

Renters living in homes across the borough of Bury who require support with online applications for Universal Credit and other benefits will be able to contact Six Town Housing directly, or be referred to the organisation by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), to receive assistance with the process of making a claim.

As part of the service Six Town Housing, who manage 8,000 properties on behalf of Bury Council, will also be able to refer people who are struggling financially to the Citizens Advice Bureau for further financial advice and guidance.

A team of key workers is also being set up within Six Town Housing who will work directly with vulnerable council tenants. The team will check in on them on a regular basis and make referrals to Bury Council’s Community Hubs where they require assistance accessing supplies or addressing medical issues.

The new services will be launched on Wednesday 15th April.

Sharon McCambridge, Chief Executive of Six Town Housing, said, “We know this is a difficult time for many vulnerable people and we want to do all we can to support them. Our offer to provide guidance and support the DWP will help tenants and private renters from across the borough access any benefits they are entitled to during these challenging times to help them with their finances. We are also working to ensure that nobody is left stranded by referring them to the Community Hub for additional support if they need it.”

To find out more about the support available visit www.sixtownhousing.org/uc-support

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