Sue met with representatives from Impact Housing Association at the Oval Centre, Salterbeck, Workington, on Friday 25th January, in order to discuss with them a number of key issues facing their tenants.
“It was an excellent opportunity to discuss with the team at Impact the effect of issues such as Universal Credit on their tenants. Many tenants are in work but receive top-up benefits. My office handles a lot of casework relating to Universal Credit, so I am acutely aware of the problems that a number of local people have with the system.
“Impact told me that they had recently joined The Riverside Group, enabling them to secure investment funding for tenants’ homes, as well as a number of projects that they are running, including their Furniture Service. This allows families to buy quality second-hand furniture and appliances at affordable rates, offers employment skills and work experience, and access to affordable furniture for Impact tenants and local residents.
“As Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary with responsibility for waste and recycling as part of my portfolio, I was very pleased to hear how the project supports the reduction of waste going to landfill.”