Magna resident is a Money Matters champion
By Magna_Housing | Friday, August 09, 2013, 10:59
Welfare reform has had a dramatic effect on people in Dorset, Devon and Somerset, forcing many people in to poverty.
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Magna has been tackling the issues head-on with its dedicated money matters team, who have been visiting residents to give benefits, budgeting and money advice.
The team has had a new addition: Magna resident Lynne Coombe will work with the money matters team as a volunteer, giving advice to fellow residents. Lynne has a number of years' experience in the role having been volunteering with Age UK, since 2009. This role involved working with older people to ensure they are claiming the right benefits. When Magna mentioned they were looking for similar volunteers, Lynne jumped at the chance to become involved.
To date Lynne has visited 10 people and is expecting the demand for visits to increase.
Lynne commented, 'I'm very excited to be working with Magna in this volunteer role, it's an opportunity to make a real difference. The welfare reform bill has affected people nationwide with their benefits reduced and has forced people to make some difficult financial decisions. Magna wants to help these people, and support them to ensure they are on the correct benefits and can manage their finances.
The running theme I have noticed so far is that many people have never budgeted before. It's such an important life skill and is vital to manage a household's finance. The under occupation benefit penalty has seen people's benefit lowered by up to 25% if their property has two or more spare bedrooms, which is a big shock for a lot of people and has forced them to seek financial help and practical assistance with finding a suitable smaller property.'
If you are a Magna tenant and would like to contact the money matters team please call 01305 216067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The team can give you information, advice and help with claiming benefits, reducing household costs, opening bank accounts and helping with debt problems.