Gateshead Charity Voices Concerns to the BBC Over Cuts to Housing Benefit
Foundations Furniture has told the BBC today that they fear cuts to housing benefits will leave families and individuals unable to afford to furnish their new tenancies. Without the means to afford to buy furniture outright, they risk the lure of high street weekly payment stores that charge high prices over lengthy payment schedules leading to long term, unnecessary debt.
Caps to the Local Housing Allowance mean that the element of the benefit that helped pay for local authority leased furniture packs will no longer be available to certain households.
The Gateshead Housing Company, NEFirst Credit Union and Foundations Furniture have joined forces to make sure that there is an alternative for households in our Borough.
Local residents can access a low interest loan at Foundations Furniture to buy a range of new furniture, white goods and electricals or to buy low cost, affordable pre-loved items displayed in-store. (To donate pre-loved furniture, they collect free of charge from households across Tyne and Wear)
In the news feature, Wendy and John explain how Foundations has saved them money and helped them to furnish their home. You can view the today's lunch time news, where Foundations is featured right at the beginning, by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0827tkk
Foundations offers a wide range of low cost, quality second hand items for the home, with additional discounts for low income households. They also provide new furniture, electricals and appliances, either to buy outright or though ethical weekly payment plans via the local credit union.
For more information about Foundations contact 0191 4778337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To visit the showroom call in any weekday between 9am and 4pm at Units 1-6 Teams Craft Workshops, Askew Road West, Teams, Gateshead, NE8 2PB.
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