Free debt and money advice in Roehampton

Published: Tuesday 19th September 17

Do you need help with rent arrears, or debt from Housing Benefit or Council Tax? Come along to free advice sessions at the Western Area Housing Office, Holybourne Avenue, Alton estate.

A local mother was helped after building up rent arrears

Confidential advice is available on issues such as rent arrears; money management; and debt, for example from Council Tax; sales catalogues; loan sharks; store cards or utility bills.

No appointment is necessary, and residents are invited to come along between 10am and 4pm on 27 November; 27 December; 29 January 2018; 26 February; 26 March; and 30 April 2018, with more sessions to follow.

Tenants who have used the service have found it very useful. A Roehampton mother (pictured, but who did not wish to be named), had built up high rent arrears and was unaware that help was available.

She said: "This service is fantastic, I never believed I would be able to get any benefits but, to have it backdated to last year is unbelievable. I am so grateful, I now have all my benefits in payments and have no stress of rent.”

The advice sessions are part of the council’s programme of support to help people get on in life through a range of services including financial advice; youth mentoring; employment and training initiatives; as well as cultural and sporting opportunities.

This works in tandem with proposals by the council and partner Redrow Homes to regenerate the Alton estate in Roehampton, with newly-built homes for all secure council tenants and owner-occupiers; a new library and retail area twice the size of current provision; an improved park; and community hub.

You can contact the team directly on (020) 8871 6953 or email your enquiry to: financialinclusion@wandsworth.gov.uk

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