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Support for vulnerable adults shortlisted for national award

Tuesday, 01 April 2014

A resource pack produced by Hampshire County Council to help people avoid being the victims of scams and rogue traders has been shortlisted for the National Learning Disability awards.

The 'Making Money Matter' booklet is in a readily accessible format using clear language and illustrations. It is packed with helpful information to help protect adults with learning disabilities from becoming victims of scams and unscrupulous doorstep callers. It helps people understand their rights as consumers when buying goods or having work done in their homes.

The pack has been shortlisted as a potential winner in the 'Accessibility' category which celebrates individuals or organisations that have worked to make sure people get clear information.

'Making Money Matter' contains useful sections on bank accounts; internet shopping; how to protect your personal data; the pros and cons of different types of mobile phone contract and different ways of paying for things. It also includes advice on how to manage personal budgets with information about loans and debts. The booklet can be read independently or with the support of carers and has a helpful list of organisations that advise on consumer and money matters.

There's also a DVD to accompany the booklet, which features an actor with learning disabilities, in a range of everyday life scenarios. These include shopping in a supermarket; dealing with door-to-door salesmen; what to do about faulty goods and how to avoid debt.

The pack was designed by Hampshire County Council's Trading Standards and Adult Services and is available to any Hampshire resident or organisation which would find it useful.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: "In Hampshire there are an estimated 14,000 adults with learning disabilities and we want to enable as many as possible, to live as independently as possible. 'Making Money Matters' helps us to achieve this by providing information in an easy to access format that can arm vulnerable people with the information they need to prevent them from falling victim to scams and rogue traders who will try to take advantage."

Judging for the awards takes place in April with the awards ceremony being held in May.

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