Pete Beaumont is the Financial Inclusion Manager at WDH and has worked within the financial inclusion setting since 2005 managing a range of projects and teams, creating nationally used resources and promoting work to tackle financial exclusion. Over the last five years, since joining WDH, Pete and his team developed the Cash Wise financial inclusion service for social housing tenants living within Wakefield. Utilising his drive and passion for financial inclusion he embedded the Cash Wise service into organisational delivery alongside other integral front line services to complement the existing work of the WDH Debt Team.
By promoting the right culture to succeed in meeting the changing needs of people living within the Wakefield district, Cash Wise was highly commended nationally in 2015 at the Business in the Community Awards (BITC) in the Building Stronger Communities category. The service achieved BITC reaccreditation in both 2016 and 2017 for showing on-going development and impact. Pete recently launched the Cash Wise school delivery programme to empower young people with financial capability, careers and employability skills – all vital for actively participating in society.
Working in partnership with the Debt Recovery Team, Pete supported the development of the WDH approach to income management. This brought together the work of the Debt and Cash Wise Teams to improve provision and sustainably for tenants and business performance for the organisation. This approach culminated in winning the UK Housing Award in 2017 in the Outstanding Approach to Income Management category.