Last week I attended the launch of Shelter’s new campaign to raise awareness of its vital advice and support service.
It was great to meet with Shelter’s Director of Services Alison Mohammed (pictured above) to discuss the frontline services Shelter delivers in the Heywood and Middleton area and across the UK. In the last year, Shelter dealt with 143 cases in the Rochdale area.
A new Shelter and YouGov survey published this month has highlighted the strain families face in the North West, with one in eight rent or mortgage payers fearing they will be unable to meet their housing costs this month. At the same time 17% of people in the region are cutting back on winter fuel and clothing to meet their housing payments – the equivalent of 960,000 people.
Shelter, the leading housing and homelessness charity, helps over 4 million people a year with free, practical housing advice, through its online support, face to face and national helpline services. Their frontline services provide invaluable assistance to many Heywood & Middleton residents, particularly at what can be an extremely tough time of year. I know from my regular surgeries that it is absolutely critical people who are struggling to stay in their homes seek help at the earliest opportunity.
I would urge anyone who is having difficulty making their rent or mortgage payments to contact Shelter, or myself, as soon as they can. With so many people in the UK cutting back on winter essentials to pay their rent or mortgage, it is important that people in Heywood & Middleton are aware of the support that is available to them.
For free advice contact Shelter at shelter.org.uk/advice or on 0808 800 4444