Rent-flex

Working to improve health and finances

Transforming the landlord - resident relationship

Led by the Centre for Responsible Credit and Well Thought, and co-created with residents and national housing associations, a new approach has been developed.

At its simplest, rent-flex offers a new way for residents to plan and pay their rent, however, at the core of rent-flex is a ‘joint planning’ framework with potential to transform the landlord – resident relationship

Residents are offered personalised rent payment plans: providing them with the opportunity to pay less rent in months when money is tight, and slightly more when things are that little bit easier.

In exchange, residents engage with support services and keep their housing provider informed of their financial situation so any extra help required can be provided.

To find out more about rent-flex, visit the website here!

Financial Shield is piloting a new approach to improve support for people with health and financial problems in Lambeth and Southwark, with the potential for national roll out.

Funded by Impact on Urban Health, the project forms part of their wider programme to improve outcomes for people with multiple long-term health conditions.  

Financial Shield will be tested with up to 2,000 people in Lambeth and Southwark through to September 2022.

Led by the Centre for Responsible Credit, the pilot brings Primary Care Networks, social prescribing teams, and creditors together with advice and community based support agencies to provide a holistic response to people’s financial and health support needs.  You can find out more about the members of our Financial Shield partnership here.

Financial Shield is piloting a new approach to improve support for people with health and financial problems in Lambeth and Southwark, with the potential for national roll out.

Funded by Impact on Urban Health, the project forms part of their wider programme to improve outcomes for people with multiple long-term health conditions.  

Financial Shield will be tested with up to 2,000 people in Lambeth and Southwark through to September 2022. Led by the Centre for Responsible Credit, the pilot brings Primary Care Networks, social prescribing teams, and creditors together with advice and community based support agencies to provide a holistic response to people’s financial and health support needs.  You can find out more about the members of our Financial Shield partnership here.

Why a Financial Shield is needed

The clear links between physical, mental and financial health have been evidenced in a new report published by Impact on Urban Health. The report analyses the diversity of Lambeth and Southwark where nearly every other resident is from a Black, Asian, Mixed, Arab or other ethnic minority and health inequalities are clearly apparent. The report indicates that many residents’ health issues and problems with money exacerbate each other. It also shows that the pandemic has widened the health gap between those living in the most deprived and affluent communities.

For the first time, Financial Shield will proactively target residents with, or at risk of developing, long-term health conditions and who are likely to be experiencing financial difficulties, and will provide these with a holistic response to get ‘Back on Track’, the branding we are using for our resident facing communications.

Financial Shield has been designed to drive improvements in people’s health trajectories, financial situation and debt repayment, and bring tangible cost savings to the NHS, through reduced use of NHS appointments and admissions. The pilot will include a cost benefit analysis to measure outcomes and an independent review to encourage a national roll-out. We will be regularly sharing updates on progress and insights from our evaluation activities through a national Financial Shield Learning Network.  To stay in touch, sign up to our mailing list here.

To find out more about Financial Shield, visit the website here!