Bristol resident, Dennis Keogh, couldn’t believe his luck when he took a call telling him that he’d won £1,000 in Love2shop vouchers, simply for paying his housing rent by Direct Debit.
Father to three grown-up children, Dennis (66), who rents his property from Elim Housing Association, won the prize as part of the housing association’s participation in a new national campaign organised by Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs) – the not-for-profit organisation behind Direct Debit in the UK.
“I couldn’t believe it when I took the phone call telling me I’d won the prize”, said Mr Keogh. “I’ve always paid my rent by Direct Debit. As far as I’m concerned it’s the obvious choice. It’s very easy to set up and not having to worry about forgetting to pay rent is a huge relief. Winning the £1,000 prize, however, is the icing on the cake. With Christmas coming up the timing just couldn’t be better.”
Mr Keogh was one of five tenants selected at random from across the 47 participating housing associations, local authorities and arms-length management organisations (ALMOs) to win the £1,000 prize. Elim Housing residents already paying by Direct Debit, as well as those who switched to the payment method, were entered into the draw.
Bacs’ housing rents sector specialist, Dawneth Perry, said: “Many congratulations to Dennis on winning the £1,000 Love2shop vouchers.
“We are pleased to have had Elim Housing Association involved in this year’s campaign, which has been a huge success in driving take up of Direct Debit. We would like to thank all the housing providers for participating so enthusiastically.”
Automated payments are cheaper to process than the likes of cash and cheque, while also helping to ensure housing rent is paid on time. But there are advantages for tenants, too; paying this way is convenient, simple and offers peace-of-mind that rent payments won’t be forgotten or missed, plus payments are protected by the Direct Debit Guarantee in the unlikely event of an error.
Chief Executive of Elim Housing Association, Alistair Allender, adds: “The Direct Debit payment campaign has been a significant focus of the financial inclusion work that our Housing Team has undertaken throughout the last year.
“Elim achieved a 19% increase in the number of residents paying their rent by Direct Debit by the end of campaign, and we are pleased that this represents real progress in supporting our residents to better manage their money and maximise their income using mainstream financial services.
“We were delighted to hear that that one of Elim’s residents was a winner of the prize draw, and hope that this good news will encourage other residents to think about any positive changes they can make to the way they manage their finances. Our congratulations go to Dennis and his family, and we hope they enjoy using the prize vouchers over the festive period ahead.”Read Dennis delighted with grand win…