Road show to explain benefit changes

February 26, 2013 by  

A series of road shows are running across Loughborough to help local people understand how recent changes to the benefits system may affect them.

Venues across Loughborough, including the Town Hall, will be used as drop-in centres where residents can call in to find out what new benefit policies may mean for them.

A spokesperson for Charnwood Borough Council talked to the Loughborough Echo about the workshops, saying:

“The council is running 13 information events across the borough and has invited around 600 tenants who will have the chance to speak with council officers and housing advice charity The Bridge. The sessions are primarily aimed at council tenants affected by the Bedroom Tax – but are also open to anyone with questions about Council Tax changes.

“Staff will be on hand to help tenants calculate what their benefit reduction is likely to be and offer advice on what other options are available. Help with budgeting, debt, rent, benefit claims and downsizing will be available.”

Sessions like this will usually offer some form of printed stationery. Leaflets, brochures or booklets can be distributed to give attendees a summary of information to take away with them; contact details are also useful. Councils often do this by producing the materials with the help of brochure printers in Loughborough.

Residents of Loughborough and the surrounding areas who wish to find out more information about the road shows or the changes in benefits can do so by contacting Charnwood Borough Council directly.