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Road show to give residents welfare advice

Residents who are going to be affected by the government’s changes to welfare benefits are being invited to a special road show where they can get a helping hand.

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) is holding a Welfare Reform Community Road Show at Wombourne Community Fire Station on Tuesday, February 19, from 10am to 2pm.

The housing association’s advice and support team will be on hand to answer questions and provide information on the major welfare benefit changes due to start in April 2013.

The changes will affect working age people and include bedroom tax (under occupancy), cap on benefits, non dependent deductions and disability living allowance and Universal Credit.

Wolverhampton Credit Union is also taking part in the day, to explain the financial support and services it offers, including affordable loans. South Staffordshire Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Wombourne SureStart Centre and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are also attending.

Janet Goode, director of customer services at SSHA, said: “We realise the impact the changes to the benefit system is going to have on our residents and other people living in the community so we want to do all we can so they are informed and prepared ahead of the changes.

“Our advice and support team is the first port of call for people if they are unsure what the changes mean for them. They can then provide practical advice and support for them to manage their finances, whether that is setting up a bank account, budgeting or looking to downsize their property if they are going to be affected by the bedroom tax.”

Children will be able to enjoy face painting and fun activities on the day as well.

SSHA has also produced a Welfare Reform guide with information the changes, who will be affected and when the changes come into affect, as well as steps on how people can prepare and useful contact numbers. If you would like to receive a copy please call SSHA on 01785 312000.