Reminder that financial help and advice is available for people in Wellingborough

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Housing association Wellingborough Homes is reminding people that financial help and advice is at hand after a national survey suggested the town’s households were at risk of slipping into poverty.

The Guardian commissioned research company Experian to map areas of the country where the highest number of households were at risk of being in poverty if the economic climate gets any worse.

Wellingborough was ranked 152 out of the top 406. The data is based on profiling households at risk, namely self-employed trades people, single people, families and older people on low incomes.

Wellingborough Homes offers local people a range of help and support through the Financial Inclusion Support Hub - known as the FISH Shop - in Wellingborough town centre.

Visitors to the FISH Shop can get one-to-one advice on dealing with debt, accessing benefits and getting back into work or training from a variety of agencies.

The housing association also offers a range of services to help people on low incomes, including access to savings and loans through a credit union, low cost home contents insurance and courses to help people develop their skills and employment prospects.

Simon Favell, director of operations at Wellingborough Homes, said: “Giving local people access to sound money advice and support is a key priority for Wellingborough Homes. We do not want any household to face the reality of living in poverty.

“We are committed not only to providing good quality, affordable housing, but also to breaking down the barriers that put people in a poverty trap. “Our work with partners at the FISH Shop is one example of that, and we would encourage people to come along for help and advice.

“Households should not suffer in silence - while this news is concerning there are agencies out there to help.”

For more information contact Wellingborough Homes on 01933 234450 or visit the FISH Shop in Cambridge Street, Wellingborough.