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SARH staff at the first of its welfare reform roadshows.

SARH hits the road to offer welfare benefits advice

A series of community roadshows is taking to the streets of Stafford to offer residents advice on the up and coming changes to welfare benefits.

The Money Advice and Community Involvement teams at Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) will be visiting locations across the borough over the next few weeks to answer questions and provide information and practical advice on the major welfare benefit changes due in 2013.

The changes, which are due to be rolled out from April, will affect working age people and include a bedroom tax, caps on benefit, non dependent deductions, disability living allowance and universal credit.

 “The roadshow events are all about taking key messages around benefit changes to the heart of Stafford’s communities and offering help to assist customers prepare for the big changes ahead,” said Kathryn Bradbury, Homes and Neighbourhoods Manager for SARH.

“We have worked closely with Stafford Borough Council and our other community partners to identify those in the Stafford Borough who will be most affected by the benefits changes and the roadshow events are just one way we are trying to get as much information to customers as possible.”

The dates and locations of the roadshows are as follows:-

Friday, January 25 (9.30am – 12.30pm) Highfields Signpost Centre

Thursday, February 7 (1pm – 4pm) Community Resource Centre, Greyfriars

Monday, February 11 (1.30pm – 4pm) Silkmore Children’s Centre

Friday, February 15 (1pm- 4pm) Rising Brook Fire Station

Representatives from Staffordshire Credit Union will also be on hand at the roadshows to explain the range of financial services they can offer to customers including loans, savings and insurance.

Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “The welfare reform changes are some of the most significant in decades and are complex and wide reaching.

“Their impact will be dependent on individual circumstances so we are urging customers to take advantage of the help available and attend one of the sessions so they can best prepare for a possible reduction in benefit changes.”

To find out more on the changes ahead book an appointment with the Money Advice team call 0800 111 4554 or email moneyadvice@sarh.co.uk

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