Jocelle’s sell out session returns to TAI
The Wales Co-operative Centre’s Jocelle Lovell returns to the TAI housing conference today following last year’s sell out workshop. She will update the audience at Cardiff City Hall on the work of the Financial Inclusion team to help tenants stay in their homes.
Jocelle is Project Manager of the ‘Tackling Homelessness Through Financial Inclusion’ (THFI) project. The scheme was set up in 2012 and aims to promote the use of Credit Union Rent Accounts to reduce financial vulnerability. The initiative is supported by the Oak Foundation and the Welsh Government.
Jocelle and her colleagues support vulnerable tenants in private rented accommodation by facilitating better money management and preparing people for changes to Welfare Reform. They work in collaboration with local authorities, credit unions, private landlords and their tenants and in particular promote the use of the credit union rent accounts as an alternative to direct payment to landlords. However, the service is personalised to meet each tenants needs.
Welfare Reform and the introduction of Universal Credit have reduced household income for many families. Many of these households are facing significant new challenges around financial management and budgeting, in the context of reduced advice and information services.
Today Jocelle will be reviewing events of the past 12 months, sharing some of the key findings and lessons learned from the THFI project, along with offering some suggestions as to how we can work more effectively. She will discuss the need for us to challenge ourselves and our organisations so we can support some of our most vulnerable citizens as they face these challenges.
Jocelle’s workshop is at 10:30AM today, Wednesday.