Help your tenants get to grips with money

Budgeting is a vital part of getting to grips with finances, and while living on a limited income it could be the solution to avoiding financial difficulties.

Help your tenants get to grips with money

However, with the changes to the benefits system including the reduced Benefit Cap in October 2016, tenants are going to have to learn to manage their money in a different way. Even once their benefit income has been maximised, Housing Benefit and the Universal Credit housing cost element will in many cases not be enough to meet the rent charged.

This training focuses on prevention and intervention, arming tenants with the life skills to live independently, tackle debt, form positive habits like saving, as well as examine their behaviours towards, and relationship with, money.

Using resources including worksheets, PowerPoint, visual aids and case studies this course has been developed specifically for housing staff to introduce financial capability issues and the generic advice principles and skills that will help deliver support to tenants on issues relating to the key areas of financial capability.

You will learn:

  • Understanding and altering attitudes and behaviours to money – values, habits, needs and wants, cutting back
  • Checking affordability – getting ready for their new home, household costs, keeping up with bills
  • Helping tenants prepare to budget – assessing their financial situation, developing a recovery plan, creating a personal budget
  • Helping tenants deal with debts – first aid advice for debts and debt-related stress, maintaining repayment plans, overview of debt solution options
  • Emergency support – what’s available to tenants to manage in a crisis, signposting.

Who should attend?

This is an essential course for all frontline staff and managers throughout housing organisations that are involved with supporting tenants, rents, arrears and welfare benefits.

Help your tenants get to grips with money

Alison Markantonis

Income management Alison Markantonis

Alison Markantonis is an experienced welfare benefits, financial capability and employment skills practitioner, who has worked successfully in the affordable housing and benefits sector for the last 27 years. She has worked with many housing and support organisations and brings her extensive experience to specialise in demystifying the benefits system, money management and employability skills training for both frontline staff and tenants. Her approach is participative and interactive, using case studies and her own experience to take the complex, and make it not only simple, but also applicable.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk