People in Liverpool have been benefiting from money management advice by increasing their income and reducing their bills.
Residents in the Olive Mount area of the city attended one-to-one sessions run by Citizens Advice Liverpool in partnership with Sanctuary Housing.
They were shown how to access benefit payments and the Warm Home Discount as well as how to save money on utility bills.
Advisors were also able to inform residents about benefits they didn’t realise they were entitled to, such as the Attendance Allowance, which helps with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability for people aged over 65.
On average, each resident who took part saw their annual income increase by more than £4,200.
One resident, Dorothy, was able to benefit from an extra £8,178 after discovering she was eligible for both the Attendance Allowance and Criminal Compensation.
Edna, another resident who attended the sessions, was able to save more than £150 on her energy bill by being shown how to switch her supplier.
Sanctuary Housing officers involved in supporting the project said it had “made a huge difference” and “helped a lot of tenants get help with money issues”.
Citizens Advice Liverpool received £5,000 from Sanctuary’s Grand Ideas Fund, which offers grants to support projects that make a difference to Sanctuary residents and their communities.
Chris Pratty, Sanctuary’s community investment officer, said: “We recognise that it is important to equip people with the skills to make their money go further.
“These sessions were a huge success and enabled people to access the support and advice they needed.”
Heather Brent, Chief Officer for Citizens Advice Liverpool, added: “It was fantastic to see so many people benefit from talking to our advisors and finding out how to manage their finances.
“We are grateful to Sanctuary for their support and look forward to working with them again in the future.”