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OVH Help Hub recognised as Best Practice

OVH Help Hub has been recognised as “Best Practice” by the Housing Quality Network.

Our online portal which launched in October 2017, has been praised for preparing customers from across Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral, Cheshire and West Lancashire for the roll out of Universal Credit.

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people of working-age who are on a low income, and it replaces six legacy benefits. The process of receiving first Universal Credit payment can take up to 6 weeks.

OVH Help Hub offers practical support for those migrating to the new system with step by step advice on making a claim and a comprehensive directory of local services.

The Housing Quality Network (HQN) have been impressed by the wide range of areas the portal covers, from setting up free email accounts (UC claims are made online) to help with school costs and cooking on a budget.

Tony Newman, HQN Associate said:

“One Vision Housing’s Help Hub is one of the finest online solutions that I’ve seen – for engaging with and keeping residents informed, providing a comprehensive directory of the services that people need, alongside direct links to practical tools, advice and support. I recommend that all social housing providers and their partner agencies take a look.”

Neil Kenwright, OVH Neighbourhood Service Manager said:

“We set up OVH Help Hub with the sole purpose of supporting our customers through the transition to Universal Credit, so the fact that we’ve had 80% of our surveyed customers saying it has been useful and the recognition from HQN has been really encouraging. It has really confirmed to us how much the support was needed and appreciated.”