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The scheme, funded through a grant from Central Government will provide interest free loans to households who through no fault of their own are struggling to pay their mortgage or rent.

 

Who Can Apply?

 

The following households are eligible to apply:-

 

  • If you live within the South Staffordshire area AND,
  • Are threatened with homelessness due to rent or mortgage arrears which have accrued due to a loss of income AND
  • You are prepared to act on money or debt advice that has led to the mortgage or rent arrears accruing in the first place, or to ensure that repayments are more affordable following intervention of an advisor.

 

However loans will be used to support those households who genuinely cannot pay as distinct from those who choose not to pay.

 

How Do I Apply?

 

In the first instance you will need to see a member of the Council’s Housing Options Team.  They will assess your case and agree with you the appropriate action for your individual circumstances.

To arrange an appointment, or for further information, contact the team on:

 

Tel: 01902 696504      E mail: homes@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

 

 

Other Useful Contacts

 

National Debtline – free service to help deal with debt problems

Tel: 0808 808 4000

External Link: http://www.nationaldebtline.co.uk/

 

Citizen’s Advice Bureau – helps to deal with legal, money and welfare benefit issues.

Tel: 0870 220 0608

External Link: http://www.adviceguide.co.uk/

 

Shelter – offers independent help with housing and welfare benefits

Tel:: 0808 800 444  

External Link: www.shelter.org.uk/adviceonline

 

Job Centre Plus – External Link:site gives information and advice on making claim and the help for which you may be eligible.

Tel::  0800 055 6688

External Link: http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/

 

Pension Credit – for information and advice

Tel:  0800 99 1234 

External Link: http://www.thepensionservice.gov.uk/

 

Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit – information and advice.

Tel: 0845 300 3900 

External Link: www.hmrc.gov.uk/taxcredits

 

Payplan – gives advice on your debts

Tel: 0800 917 7823 

External Link: http://www.payplan.com/

 

 

 

Contact

 

Housing Operations

Telephone: (01902) 696504

Email: homes@sstaffs.gov.uk

 

 

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