A KEIGHLEY housing group is backing a campaign encouraging people to talk about money.

Incommunities has pledged its support to Talk Money Week, an annual awareness initiative staged by the Money and Pensions Service.

The venture aims to tackle a reluctance amongst many people to talk about their finances.

Incommunities says its Money Matters team can support customers who are facing financial difficulties with help claiming benefits, managing bills, budgeting and getting specialist assistance regarding debt.

Nichola Wright,who is the social housing landlord’s income and financial inclusion service head, said: “Talk Money Week is the ideal time for us to further promote the help that our Money Matters team can provide to customers.

“We know that conversations about money and debt can be difficult.

“We’re here to help with information, support and signposting on welfare benefits, maximising income and specialist assistance.”

The Money and Pensions Service says the campaign strives to encourage conversations around money amongst families, friends, customers, colleagues and communities.

It says talking openly about money can have a huge impact on tackling financial worries and is important for people’s overall health and relationships.

And it adds that the impact of the pandemic has made it more important than ever to start discussions about money, for our financial wellbeing.

Caroline Siarkiewicz, chief executive of the Money and Pensions Service, said: “As we continue to respond to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, financial wellbeing remains key to the UK’s recovery. A financially healthy nation is good for individuals, communities, business and the economy.

“Talk Money Week provides a key opportunity for the nation to break the taboo of discussing money and finances.

“We are pleased to see so many organisations encouraging conversations about money – from pocket money to pensions – to help people across the country make better-informed and more positive decisions about their finances.”

Incommunities customers can contact the Money Matters team via an online form, at incommunities.co.uk/money-matters, or by emailing moneymatters@incommunities.co.uk.

Further information about Talk Money Week can be found at maps.org.uk/talk-money-week.