A NEW project has been set up to help hard-up families get furniture and essential household appliances.
The Furniture Solutions project, created by Hartlepool Borough Council after an investigation showed it would help families, particularly those on benefits.
The scheme, run by Hartlepool Credit Union, will provide low interest loans to help people buy furniture and household items.
It will also offer new and quality second hand white goods such as cookers, fridges and washing machines as well as smaller items like kettles and toasters.
A showroom called Moneywise @ Home has opened next to the credit union in Avenue Road, Hartlepool, to display items for sale.
The scheme, which is being run on a not-for-profit basis is set to help 350 people in its first two years.
Councillor Robbie Payne, chairman of the council’s regeneration services committee, said: “This new scheme is a very important development for Hartlepool, enabling vulnerable households to get affordable credit to buy the essential household items they need.
“The combination of both new and re-used furniture which it offers ensures that there is something to suit a wide range of budgets and the project complements other work being done around the town to tackle financial exclusion.”
Paul Burton, director of Hartlepool Credit Union, who manages Furniture Solutions, added: “Our prices are extremely competitive, both in terms of the items we sell and the loans we offer, so it’s a win-win situation for our customers.
“Moreover, we don’t prejudge people who come to us with credit problems. We work with them, encouraging them to save by opening a savings account with us and helping them to repair their credit history.”
Moneywise @ Home is open 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays.
For more details, call (01429) 863542 or visit www.hartlepoolcreditunion.co.uk