It’s easy to think that only people in rented or council accommodation struggle with housing. However, it should be remembered that hard times can fall on any of us, and that’s what the welfare system is for.
If you have a mortgage and are unable to work you have, after a 39 week qualifying period, been able to claim Statutory Mortgage Interest (SMI) benefit. From April 2018 this will no longer be paid as a benefit but as a loan, repayable when your property is sold. Currently, around 124,000 people receive SMI, but only 6,890 people have currently signed up for the new loan scheme. So over 117,000 people have had to face not being able to pay their mortgage since April.
These changes have affected many people up and down the country, and times are harder than ever. If this has affected you, or you are struggling with any other issues we might be able to help with please come and visit one of our centres:
Monday 9 am – 12 pm @ Bainbridge Hall
Monday 9 am – 1 pm @ Clowne Methodist Church
Monday 10 am – 2 pm @ New Houghton Centre
Monday 12 pm – 2 pm @ Ollerton Methodist Church
Tuesday 9 am – 1 pm @ Bolsover Methodist Church
Tuesday 9 am – 1 pm @ Mansfield Methodist Church
Wednesday 9 am – 12 pm @ Bainbridge Hall
Wednesday 9 am – 1 pm @ Shirebrook Methodist Church
Wednesday 9 am – 1 pm @ Zion Methodist Church (South Normanton)
Thursday 8:45 am – 12 pm @ Trinity Methodist Church (Renishaw)
Thursday 9 am – 12 pm @ Tinsley Methodist Church
Friday 9 am – 1 pm @ Bolsover Methodist Church