19 April 2012
Making sure Benefits go to where they are needed
Over the past year, Wealden District Council has helped ensure that an extra £768,000 of state benefits has been claimed by Wealden residents. It has helped improve the standard of living for 382 local people
"The system of benefits and tax credits can appear complicated, particularly to people who have previously never claimed support," said Cllr Pam Doodes, Cabinet member for Commissioning and Assets. "We have a dedicated Benefits Advice and Liaison Officer, Jaki Hall, who does a tremendous job in explaining how the different support schemes apply to individual circumstances. It is one of the many ways local authority staff provide a valuable service to local people. Many of the referrals come through our Benefits, Local Taxation and other Council services. Most of the money claimed is usually spent locally in our shops on goods and services."
In the preceding two years, Wealden's Benefits Advice and Liaison Service helped a further 859 local residents claim nearly £1.8 million, helping the individuals and the local economy.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible for housing and council tax benefits, tax credits or pension or disability payments, a good way to start is to use our Benefits Calculator . It takes less than five minutes to complete. Or you can ring Wealden's Benefits Service on 01323 443500.