Monmouthshire County Council is joining key partners Melin Homes, Monmouthshire Housing and Charter Housing Associations and the Gateway Credit Union to support local residents over changes to welfare benefits. The council is concerned that many Monmouthshire residents will receive less benefit and consequently less disposable income as a result of the changes, some of which will be introduced from April 2013.
The council has established an action plan - co-ordinated through the multi-agency Financial Inclusion Partnership - to raise local awareness, support residents with personal budgeting, assist those seeking work and prepare for the transition which will impact significantly on some households. The action plan includes promoting a range of initiatives.
Councillor Geoff Burrows, Cabinet Member for Social and Housing Services said: “It’s a priority for the council that Monmouthshire residents not only know about the benefit changes and understand the implications, but they also know where to get help and support. I’m particularly mindful about more cases of household debt and people losing their homes as a result - particularly vulnerable households. I, therefore, want to urge households to act early, plan ahead and if necessary, do not hesitate to contact the council (through the local one stop shops) or their local support agencies to find out more.
Further information is available on http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/1153/