BHP event helped residents get to grips with their finances


Nearly 100 residents packed into the Civic Centre in Wembley for special open day on managing money hosted by Brent Housing Partnership (BHP).

The Financial Inclusion Open Day took place on Friday 29 January where residents were able to seek advice and support about personal debt, affordable credit, welfare benefit changes, fuel bills or opening a bank account.

A host of local organisations were on hand including Brent Citizens Advice, Credit Union of Brent and Ealing (CUBE), Brent Start, the Living Room project as well as larger companies such as Metro Bank, Natwest and Santander.

Residents also met BHP's Financial Inclusion Team who are there to help residents make their money go further as well as provide benefits advice. Council tenants can also chat to them if they are affected by the 'spare room subsidy' (bedroom tax) or if they want to downsize.

Pauline Somers, BHP's Financial Inclusion Team Manager said: "January and February is always a difficult time financially especially after Christmas. We had some great feedback from attendees with many impressed with the support and guidance available for Brent residents."