Walsall residents are set to benefit from free ‘cash-smart’ courses to boost their skills and confidence, and support them to manage the financial challenges of changes to the benefits system.

whg is the first landlord to work in partnership with the Just Finance Foundation to offer this programme of workshops.

The workshops will combine specific guidance on Universal Credit with all the wider aspects of money management that people need to be in control of, including on savvy spending, building a budget, credit cards and loans, debt and savings.

The Just Finance Foundation has helped over 3,500 people across the UK to secure a better financial future since it launched in 2014. The organisation works locally and nationally through churches and other community groups, to increase the supply of fair and affordable finance and to empower people by building their financial capability.

Cassius Francis, Development Worker at Just Finance Black Country said: “The Just Finance Foundation has developed courses which are designed to help people understand and negotiate some of the complexities of Universal Credit.  We are delighted to be working with whg to also deliver our proven Cash Smart Credit Savvy programme.  Cash Smart is informal and interactive, and we can tailor the way we deliver it to help everyone address the issues that are important to them.”

“Attendees will be able to build on what they know and learn about tools and services they can use to address money worries and improve their financial resilience and wellbeing.  Around 75% of participants share their knowledge with others and our approach is a really good way to reach people who haven’t felt able to take the steps to regain control of their money and take away the anxiety that money problems can cast over a whole household.”

The workshops will be held at whg’s Hatherton Street office and various community venues, and will be available for everyone to access.

Gary Brookes, whg’s Director of Housing said: “With the introduction of Universal Credit, it’s really important that we provide the best possible support for customers that will be affected. We look forward to working with the Just Finance Foundation and seeing the positive impact this will have on our customers.” 

Those interested in attending the courses can find out more information by clicking HERE.