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Residents to get ‘monetary health check’ with £80,000 funding

Residents of Bath and North East Somerset are to benefit from a new scheme to help them save money and learn new skills to find work.

West of England Mayor Dan Norris | Photo © WECA

Metro Mayor Dan Norris will learn how an £80,000 injection from the West of England Combined Authority will help residents during a visit to the Bath Food Bank this Wednesday, September 7.

The “Follow the Money” program will help more than 70 people across the region.

During the free nine-week program, participants will complete a one-time “financial health check” to help them create a money-saving action plan with simple, actionable steps to improve their finances.

Skills workshops are also offered to improve employment prospects, paid internships and training with organizations such as Age UK Bath.

Course leaders expect participants who take the ‘monetary health check’ to save around £1,000 a year.

The Subway Mayor will hear local Mark Milsom, who is participating, explain why the program is so important.

Mr Norris said it was important to support programs such as Follow the Money at a time when so many households are struggling with skyrocketing bills and prices.

He said: ‘The cost of living crisis is tougher than ever and people are desperately worried about ever rising bills, especially with the unprecedented rise in energy prices looming in October. .

“I am happy to be able to help out more than 70 residents with this injection of £80,000 from the West of England Authority which I lead.”

Clean Slate founder and director Jeff Mitchell, who will present the Metro Mayor’s tour that day, added: ‘We are delighted to receive funding from the West of England Combined Authority which will be targeted at those hardest hit. affected by the cost of living crisis.

“It is great to see leaders who recognize the cost of living emergency facing people in the west of England at the moment.

“Many of us are worried about the bills coming in the fall and our Clean Slate support workers are ready to walk people through a comprehensive financial health check and 9-week ‘Follow the Money’ program in the goal of realizing significant financial gains. ”