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Sandwell Council Rent Advice

Wednesday, 08 April 2020

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SCIPS has received updated advice from the Income Management Team on what advice should be given to customers over the age of 60 of the below alternative ways to pay their rent:

• Make rent payments by using the Automated Payment Line 0300 456 0514, (you will need your rent account number)

• Make payments Online via MySandwell (www.sandwell.gov.uk)

• By setting up a Direct Debit, you can do this by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, address, contact number and an officer will call you back

• Via Post Office/PayPoint - SMBC are not encouraging Post Office/PayPoint as this requires the customer to leave their home and also have a plastic payment card, so unless they already have a payment card and have a family member/friend who can go out then they are concentrating on the first 3.

If you have any questions or concerns about your rent payments, you can also contact your town team who will provide you with assistance and support, on the following email links:

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The telephone number on our page is to the duty line, this is not currently in operation, there is however a message advising of this and of the alternative ways in which to contact the team: http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200223/housing/2488/rent_arrears

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Emergency Funding to Support Highly Vulnerable Veterans

Wednesday, 08 April 2020

Funding

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust is delighted to announce that we will be launching an emergency programme in April 2020;

funded by HM Treasury from the new £10M Veterans Fund announced in the March Budget working with ASDIC;

the Association of Veterans’ Drop in Centres, Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities and Age UK to support veterans who are vulnerable.

By working in this way; we will be able to make grants more quickly, and get funding swiftly to communities where it can provide assistance.

Through the Veterans Should Not Be Forgotten Programme we will to enable local drop in centres and breakfast clubs within the ASDIC network;

local Age UK branches that already work with veterans and small charities within the Cobseo membership that were providing direct support to veterans in their communities to receive grants of up to £20,000 for projects focused on supporting veterans who are isolated and unable to access services or have limited social contact during the period of self isolation and restrictions relating to the pandemic.

New programmes Targeting social isolation and supporting veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities

Over the next few months; we will be launching a range of programmes with a focus on reducing social isolation within the Armed Forces Community; and helping veterans and Armed Forces Families to reconnect with their communities.

This package of support includes: From the Covenant Fund £2.5M for local community projects through our Local Grants Programme. £5.5M through the Reducing Isolation programme with a particular focus on enhancing the support available to those who may have suffered the most as a result of the pandemic; and supporting the wide reconnection needs where this would help Armed Forces Communities.

We are keen to support a range of larger and smaller Armed Forces Charities through this programme; and encourage organisations to work together. £1.5M to support Local Authorities and Local Covenant Partnerships to strengthen future delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant locally, so that veterans, families and the wider Armed Forces community don’t get overlooked.

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