Kingdom provides advice for Fife tenants on Universal Credit changes

Mr Sangster receiving his ASDA voucher
Mr Sangster receiving his ASDA voucher

Over eighty Fife tenants have attended events in Dunfermline and Glenrothes to receive support and advice on the forthcoming implementation of Universal Credit.

Staff from Kingdom Housing Association and representatives from the Department of Work and Pensions and Fife Council’s housing benefit team were in attendance along with representatives from various banks, who were there to give advice and assistance to tenants on ensuring they have the most appropriate bank accounts in place before Universal Credit arrives.

There was also representation from other organisations who could offer help and support to deal with associated issues such as fuel poverty, energy efficiency, food poverty, employment opportunities and much more.

Norah Smith, Kingdom’s director of housing and care, said: “These were very successful events with good turn-outs and a high level of interest. We also received a lot of positive feedback. I would like to thank all the tenants who attended and those people and organisations, who took time to attend to offer their services so that our tenants can get the support they need in these challenging financial times.”

All those who attended and gave feedback were entered into a prize draw and Mr. S. Sangster of Dunfermline was the lucky winner of a £50 ASDA voucher. Mr. Sangster was delighted with his win and plans to use the voucher to treat himself.

The organisations who attended reported a high level of interest in their services and they processed a significant number of referrals for support on the day. Kingdom also generated interest from tenants in their forthcoming estate scrutiny and other tenant participation activities and these will be taken forward in the near future.


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