Eildon Housing helps secure funding to advise tenants

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Eildon Housing Association has joined forces with an energy and fuel poverty charity to help new tenants develop financial skills.

The ‘Canny Tenants’ project will focus on the prevention of debt occurring by helping new tenants develop financial skills to manage their fuel and food costs and household budget. It will operate in the Borders and Midlothian, supporting tenants of Eildon Housing Association, Melville Housing Association and Midlothian Council,

Lottery funding to run the project for five years has been secured by Changeworks, an Edinburgh-based charity which provides advice to help people meet the cost of heating their homes.

Nile Istephan, Eildon’s chief executive said: “We look forward to working in partnership with Changeworks to assist our new tenants who are at risk of living in fuel poverty.

“We will work closely with our project partners to help many tenants overcome the challenges of living on a low income”