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Finding a home: accessing private sector rented accommodation when receiving housing benefit or on a zero-hour contract

We recently undertook research on accessing private rented accommodation in Nottingham City when in receipt of housing benefit, or on a zero hours contract.

We know anecdotally that clients are struggling to access accommodation, however, we wanted to talk to estate agents and find out just how difficult it is to secure accommodation from a private landlord.

Our results show that landlords are not inclined to let to people, and there are several reasons for this. Landlords and estate agents are also particularly worried about Universal Credit.

Advice Champion training

Advice Nottingham offers training to people who work in different communities across Nottingham City to enable them to provide support, advice and guidance to people who are financially affected by issues such as rising inflation, zero hour contracts, cuts in benefits and soaring energy and fuel prices.

February saw a new cohort of Advice Champions being trained at the St Anns Advice Centre. The course had a great turnout with everyone working hard and learning how to help people in their local communities.

A new kitchen and community cafe for St Anns

St Anns advice centre and Chase Neighbourhood centre have successfully won a grant to refurbish their existing kitchen and community café area. Funding for £36k comes from WREN – community action fund. Plans and a consultation are already underway at the centre. The community café area and kitchen are very well used at Chase NC and the refurbishment will enable even more people to visit the centre and use it as a community hub.

St Anns cafe closed, awaiting renovation.

Big Difference event

Are you struggling to pay your water bills?

If so, come along to St Anns Advice Centre event on Monday 5th February

Clifton Advice Centre celebrates 25 years of service

Set up in 1992 with the help of County Councillors Arthur Palmer and Alan Simpson, Clifton Advice Centre began its advice service at Donington Road (opposite the Royal British Legion) in February 1993. It provides free, independent, impartial and confidential advice which is available to every Clifton, Silverdale, Wilford and City resident.

Procurement of Employment Support Delivery Partner

The St Anns advice Group have successfully procured an additional delivery partner for the ‘Money Sorted in D2N2, Building Better Opportunities project to provide an employment support service for participants. The new partner is;

Futures –Advice, Skills and Employment
2A Sherwood Rise

There is now a period of Stand still until Wednesday 22nd November 2017.
Full details about this process are set out in regulations 86 and 87 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

Westminster Hall Debate

Alex Norris – Member of Parliament for Nottingham North delivered a speech in Westminster Hall on Wednesday 11th October on Advice services in Nottingham City.

Citizens Advice Nottingham & District, Nottingham Law Centre and Disability Direct all shared case studies and information on the services they provided.

Alex wanted to pay tribute to the services and also raised awareness of the impact of Universal Credit on advice agencies.

Personal debt is on the rise – the Financial Conduct Authority visits Nottingham to find out why

The FCA will be visiting St Anns Advice Centre today to talk to advisors about the rise in personal debt, and how the FCA can do more to regulate the sector.


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