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The panel, headed up by our

group Chief Executive

Chan Kataria at a recent

resident roadshow, allocated

grants of up to £1,000 for

projects that promote

community, education, the

environment, health, financial

and digital inclusion.

Among the successful

applicants were £1,000 for

a local food growing project,

£1,000 for the renovation

of a community room,

£500 towards a defibrillator,

£500 for music equipment

for young people, and £250

towards social trips for an

afternoon club.

Community groups in

Erewash have been

awarded £3,250 after

taking part in a

Dragons’ Den-style bid

for funding from us.

Pitch perfect

Latest welfare advice

The resident roadshow was

also an opportunity for senior

members of the emh group

board and the emh homes

team to speak with residents

regarding any tenancy or

property management issues.

“At emh group we recognise

the importance of community.

We hold events like this so

we can channel money where

it is needed, to projects and

facilities that will make the

most impact. This opportunity

to meet with our customers

and hear their opinions directly

is incredibly valuable.”

Since May, Universal Credit – the

new all-in-one system for

working age benefits – has been

applicable to all residents living

in Erewash. We are finding a

rise in the number of residents

who have been impacted by this


It takes about seven weeks for you

to receive your UC payment. For

this reason, we recommend that

you have some money set aside

to pay your bills and buy food

during this time. You can request

an interim payment of UC during

this period, but you will have to

repay it and it will be deducted from

your benefit payments before you

received the money.

It is really important that you

contact us to confirm that you are

claiming UC to prevent us from

taking further action against you.

If your rent account falls into

arrears of more than eight weeks,

we will contact UC to request

that your rent payments are made

direct to us, and that additional

money is deducted from your

personal element of UC to clear

the arrears outstanding.

If you need help or support with

making a UC claim, managing

your money, or are worried

about debts you owe, please

contact us for help and advice

on 0300 123 6000.

For more advice and support,

see the pocket guide to

Universal Credit on our website


Chan Kataria

Group Chief Executive