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Passport to independence

Our Passport to Housing service is a free and confidential service offered by Curo to help people bidding for homes through Bath & North East Somerset's Homesearch scheme to prepare for a successful Curo tenancy and plan for the expense of moving home. Read about one resident's recent experience with Passport to Housing here: South Gloucestershire Council ref…

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Thinking about saving?

Check out ‘Help to Save’ Help to Save is a type of savings account. It allows certain people on a low income entitled to Working Tax Credit or receiving Universal Credit to get a bonus of 50p for every £1 they save over 4 years (check here to see if you are eligible). Help to Save is backed by the government so all savings in the scheme are secure. What’s not to like with money fo…

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Volunteering with North Somerset's LGBT+ Forum - the journey continues

Readers of my blog in November will know I recently started volunteering with the North Somerset LGBT+ Forum. The next part of my journey I was asked to present a £50 donation to the charity on behalf of our Community Connect service, which I work for as a Wellbeing Worker. With our area under tier three restrictions, that wasn’t going to be so easy.

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Buy now pay later?

As I always say, ’if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!’ Warning: ‘buy-now-pay later’ is one of the fastest growing forms of borrowing and it’s getting people into debt. When customers have a problem there is no ombudsman to go to; this is because it is unregulated. The buy-now-pay-later offer is to spread the cost of your spending, but you still have to pay it back eventu…

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Making Curo’s leadership vibrant and diverse

A blog by Curo Chief Executive, Victor Da Cunha I have been wondering how I can demonstrate more clearly my personal commitment to supporting a much-needed change in our sector’s leadership profiles – a cause that, for me, is very close to home.

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Inside Housing comment: resident satisfaction

The Housing White Paper means our sector will need to tighten up and strengthen our approach to complaints management, resident engagement and performance communications – all things we should be continuously improving anyway. Read Paul Harris’s comment piece, 'Resident satisfaction – are we serious about understanding the truth?', in Inside Housing. [subscrip…

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Opening a bank account? Help is here

Opening a high street bank account can be a stressful process but we're here to help. Firstly, you should always shop around and find the best account that suits you, it could saves you £’s. You commonly have to apply for the account first, giving some details like the following: 1. Your own information: including your full name, nationality, contact details, date of birth, a…

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Flying the LGBT+ flag in North Somerset

I recently started working closely with North Somerset’s LGBT + Forum as a volunteer and also in my capacity as a Wellbeing Worker with Curo’s Community Connect service. Being a volunteer, I can get as involved as I want. Last month, through the LGBT + Forum, four new LGBT groups had their first meetings in Weston-super-Mare and I’m proud to be working with Curo's Thom Winte…

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