Housing association calls for action on child poverty has been posted by Stratford Herald
HOUSING association Orbit — which owns 7,000 homs across Stratford district — has published a study that reveals the role of landlords in tackling poverty.
It also sets out practical measures that would both reduce hardship and alleviate pressures on social housing providers as businesses.
The research revealed one in ten of its households have used foodbanks in the last year and have taken out a quick cash loan or used cash converters.
More than 1,000 of its customers received money advice in the last year, almost two in five of whom are households with children.
The report is a product of Orbit’s Happy, Healthy Starts campaign, run jointly with Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). An early success of the campaign is Orbit’s ‘Carpets and Curtains’ project, which was piloted in Stratford district.
Around 50 customers benefitted from gifted items including flooring and window coverings with the median replacement value in the region of £500. The pilot also saw a positive impact on the organisation’s customer satisfaction scores and empty property turnaround times.
One Orbit customer moved into a three-bedroom property in Wellesbourne, with her ten-month-old daughter and her mum, and benefitted from carpets left in the lounge, hall, stairs and two bedrooms as well as a kitchen blind, all worth £1,200.
Paul Richards, executive director of customer services at Orbit, said: “We are all in a position to take small, practical actions which can have a real impact, from tackling furniture poverty and helping with the crippling costs of the school day, to creating pleasant outdoor spaces for families and ensuring every household is getting the financial support they are entitled to.”
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