Road shows roll out to get county clued up on Welfare Reforms

A series of road shows will be rolling out across Leicestershire to inform people about changes to Welfare Reforms.

Organised by representatives from the Local District Authorities, County Housing Services Partnership, The Bridge and Citizens Advice Bureau, the events will provide an overview of the Welfare Reform scheme, including the introduction of universal credit, changes to housing benefit, and the localisation of council tax.

The road shows are open to all service providers, as well as members of the public, and will help people to understand the impact of the forthcoming changes and advise about what support is available.

There are seven events in total taking place throughout September, one hosted at each district council in Leicestershire. The first session takes place at Blaby District Council on September 4.

Richard Evans, Chief Executive at LeicesterShire Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “The aim of the road shows is to make sure people are aware of what changes are happening, how it will affect them, and the fact there is support available.

“The Welfare Reform changes are going to have a significant impact on the county, and we want to ensure that people have as much information about the changes as possible.”

The road shows will be taking place throughout September at –

•Blaby District Council offices: Tuesday 4th
•North West Leicestershire District Council offices: Wednesday 5th
•Charnwood Borough Council – ElimChurch, Ashby Road: Friday 7th
•Harborough District Council offices: Monday 10th
•Oadby & Wigston Borough Council offices: Wednesday 12th
•Melton Borough Council offices: Monday 24th
•Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council – AtkinsBuilding: Tuesday 25th

For more information contact Andrea Swain at LeicesterShire Citizens Advice Bureau on 01455 200109, or Rebecca Margetts at Blaby District Council on 0116 272 7536.

Anyone wishing to attend a session should get in touch with one of the contacts above.

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