Wheatley helps tenants claim back more than £5m in benefits in just six months
Wheatley Group has helped tenants claim back more than £5 million in benefits they were entitled to in the past six months.
The Group’s 24 welfare benefits advisors have helped more than 3600 tenants of Wheatley Homes Glasgow, Wheatley Homes East, Wheatley Homes South and Loretto Housing, claim back the money since April.
In that time, the Group’s nine fuel advisors also helped 2620 tenants with their energy bills as well as to access more than £120,000 in external funding to help tackle fuel poverty.
Benefits advisors help tenants with claims for Universal Credit and other benefits and can help appeal decisions taken by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP). Fuel advisors help tenants with energy advice, advocating on tenants’ behalf with their supplier, negotiating debt repayment plans and making sure bills are correct.
Support from advisors is a key part of Wheatley’s ‘Here for You’ campaign. The campaign, which launched in August, brings together the wide range of support services Wheatley offers tenants struggling to make ends meet. It aims to support more than 20,000 tenants during the cost-of-living crisis.
Wheatley Homes East tenant Tam Conway, 65, from West Calder, was delighted with the support he received.
Tam said: “I have nothing but praise for the service. It’s excellent.
“I was laid off from my job and welfare benefits advisors Sean and Mairi gave me great help. As well as sorting out my Universal Credit, and getting it backdated, they helped me claim other benefits I didn’t know I was due.
“When you’ve worked all your days it can be hard dealing with the benefits system, but they were very good and always kept in touch.
“The help is there for tenants.”
Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Wheatley Group has helped tenants claim £20m in welfare benefits and distributed almost £2.5m in fuel vouchers and top-ups.
Hazel Young, Wheatley Group Director of Housing and Property Management, said: “We’re doing all we can to support our tenants in these difficult times.
“Helping people claim all the benefits and tax credits they’re entitled to is an important part of that
“Welfare benefits are a vital safety net for many people on low incomes and our advisors can help tenants claim everything they’re due. It’s important people don’t miss out.”
Wheatley can also help people apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund, a Scottish Government scheme which provides a safety net for those on low incomes, as well as Discretionary Housing Payments to help people struggling with their rent.
Any Wheatley tenant struggling to make ends meet should contact their housing officer.
Tuesday, October 25, 2022