Maintenance

We are carrying out essential maintenance to our website and search engine on Tuesday, September 26. Our website will be unavailable for several hours first thing.

Week of activities gives support to people struggling to manage their money

Published: Tuesday, 11th July 2017

A week of activities is underway to support city residents who are facing financial difficulties.

The Money Matters events – which run at locations across the area until Saturday (15 July) – have been organised as a partnership between Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, the Financial Inclusion Group, Citizens Advice Bureau and Potteries MoneyWise.

Drop-in sessions are taking place across the week in community venues, such as local centres, libraries and Citizen’s Advice offices in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

It is the second year that a week-long programme of events is taking place and follows a report by the Hardship Commission in 2015 which revealed that 60,000 people in Stoke-on-Trent do not have enough money to live on. Yet over £50m in welfare benefits is going unclaimed in the city every year. Research by the city council also shows that national welfare reforms could impact on the benefits that households can claim, over the next three years.

Councillor Abi Brown, deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and cabinet member for finance and partnerships, said: “Last year’s events were really popular, and we want more people to come forward. It is the chance to find out what benefits you could be eligible for, get advice about effective budgeting and find out what other support services are available.

“Advice and support services can offer a crucial lifeline for people experiencing financial hardship. With so much in eligible benefits going unclaimed, many people with money worries could be missing out on the financial help and support they need.”

The Hardship Commission report recognised that a main reason why the amount of unclaimed welfare benefits is so substantial is due to people not being aware of the support that is available.

Councillor Elizabeth Shenton, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council leader, said: “One of the biggest barriers to people asking for help is they don’t realise that even though they may be working or a homeowner, they may still be eligible for some kind of support. We can also help our residents with budgeting and offer practical advice on how to manage their money better.”

Alan Turley, from the Hardship Commission, said: “People find themselves struggling to make ends meet through various reasons – redundancy, only working part-time or on a zero-hours contract basis. Or it could be through experiencing bereavement or family breakdown, serious ill-health or having to become a full-time carer for a loved one. Unexpected changes can have big impacts and can happen at any time in anyone’s lives.

“If you are struggling with money, we have events this week where we may be able to help. I encourage people to not miss out on this opportunity.”

Location

Tues 11 July

Weds 12 July

Thurs 13 July

Fri 14 July

Sat 15 July

Stoke-on-Trent Local Centres

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

9am - 4.30pm

 

Bentilee Library

8.30am - 5pm

8.30am - 5pm

8.30am - 2pm

8.30am - 5pm

10am - 2pm

City Central Library

9am - 6pm

9am - 6pm

9am - 6pm

9am - 5pm

10am - 2pm

Longton Library

9am - 6pm

9am - 6pm

10am - 2pm

9am - 6pm

10am - 2pm

Meir Library

9am - 5pm

9am - 5pm

10am - 2pm

9am - 5pm

10am - 2pm

Stoke Library

8.45am - 6pm

8.45am - 6pm

8.45am - 5pm

8.45am - 6pm

10am - 2pm

Tunstall Library

9am - 6pm

9am - 6pm

9am - 2pm

9am - 6pm

10am - 2pm

CAB Hanley

9.30am - 1.30pm

9.30am - 1.30pm

 

9.30am - 1.30pm

 

Tesco Hanley

         

Abbey Hulton Primary School

         

90 Hope Street, Hanley

12pm - 2pm

12pm - 2pm

12pm - 2pm

   

Pensioners Hall, Audley

 

10am - 4pm

     

Foodbank, Chesterton

   

2pm - 4pm

   

Foodbank, Kidsgrove

     

1pm - 3pm

 

Newcastle Outdoor Market

     

10am - 4pm

 

Hanley Indoor Market

     

10am - 4pm

 

Fountain Square, City Centre

       

10am - 4pm

 

For all media enquiries please contact the press team on 01782 232671.