Money Matters

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Money DOES matter and with recent welfare reform changes together with an increase in food prices and energy bills the same amount of money has to now go further….

Here are some ideas to help reduce costs and make the most of every penny!

Affordable Warmth

Don’t just accept that your gas and electric bills have gone up – SHOP AROUND

https://www.cheaperenergytogether.org

A community based not for profit scheme that relies on people power. The more people that join the better the deal will be.

http://www.uswitch.com 

http://www.energyhelpline.com

Are you eligible to a £135 rebate on your energy bills?

https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

A government funded scheme to help those who are living on a low income. Some people will automatically qualify others will need to apply depending upon their individual circumstances.

Do you have Oil Fired Central Heating?

Following the success of last years affordable warmth campaign, we have continued to partner with Shropshire Rural Community Council and the local Credit Unions to offer an Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Should you require help to fill up your tank this winter you can apply to either Fairshare or Just Credit Union for an affordable loan of £300 (subject to criteria). The RCC have grants available to help part fund your next purchase of oil. (Terms and conditions apply)

The Shropshire Rural Community Council also run a bulk buying scheme where they can negotiate cheaper oil prices for anyone with an oil tank who live in or on the border of Shropshire.

More details can be found on their website.

http://www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/supporting_local_people/oilbuyingscheme

Prepaid Meters – Are you using it correctly?

Most suppliers give you between £6 - £10 emergency credit in case you run out. It’s important not to use this too often as during the time in emergency credit you aren’t paying your standing charge (the cost of being connected to your supplier). This means that when you do top up next time some of your credit will be used to pay your backdated standing charges and this can seriously affect your budgeting.

Affordable Credit

If you need to borrow a small sum of money consider approaching your local Credit Union.

In Shropshire we have two Credit Unions who lend money at an affordable rate of interest and encourage you to save whilst repaying your loan. They consider each application on an individual basis and will help you complete the appropriate forms.

www.fairshare.uk.com

01743 240403

www.justcreditunion.org                               

 01743 252325

Affordable Money

If you are unsure whether you are getting the correct benefits and entitlements you can access the calculator below. This will give you an indication on whether there are other forms of income available to you.

www.entitledto.co.uk

If you are worried about debt there are organisations available to speak to you either over the phone or face to face if you prefer. There is no need to pay for debt advice the websites listed are free and confidential.

http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk    http://www.jubileemoneyadviceservice.org.uk

http://www.stepchange.org     http://www.nationaldebtline.co.uk

How much does renting your home from STAR cost?

Rent £70 - £100 per week

Gas & Electric

Oil

Water

Food

Contact us if you want some help to budget, manage your money or just some basic money advice.

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Over the last few months we’ve been busy trying to make it even easier for you to get in touch with us.

GDPR - How this affects you

Information about you and your tenancy is recorded on our internal system. Only STAR Housing staff can access this and will only access information about you and your tenancy for relevant purposes.

Brian scoops second place for his contribution to community life

Brian Morris from Oak Gardens in Bridgnorth has scooped second place in the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) Photography Competition 2018 for his outstanding contribution to community life.

Renovation complete as New Century Court re-opens

An important young people’s service in Oswestry is set to re-open following an extensive refurbishment project

Proud to support Family Safety Week

Accidents are the biggest killer of children and young people. Every week at least one child under-5 is killed because of an accident, with disadvantaged children most at risk.

Events

Next Board meeting Tuesday 3rd July 2018

The next meeting of the STAR Housing Board is on Tuesday 3rd July

Next Board Finance, Audit & Risk Subcommittee Meeting Monday 25th June

The next meeting of the Finance, Audit & Risk Subcommittee meeting is on Monday 25th June

Next Board Development Subcommittee Meeting Tuesday 17th July

The next meeting of the Development Subcommittee meeting is on Tuesday 17th July

Clean up session with a skip, Greenfields Square and Weston Close in Morda

From 26.06.2018 to 26.06.2018

We’ll be in Greenfields Square and Weston Close in Morda on Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 10am until 12pm as part of a series of summer events.

Clean up session with a skip, garages on Llwyn Road/Fields in Oswestry

From 26.06.2018 to 26.06.2018

We’ll be at the garages on Llwyn Road/Fields in Oswestry on Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 2pm until 4pm as part of a series of summer events.