Grant To Help Residents Affected By Welfare Reforms

Funding will help with training and more

The Merton Partnership has announced a £73,000 grant for the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) to provide special support to Merton residents affected by welfare reforms.

The funding will enable Merton's CAB to provide information and training to the voluntary sector in Merton, offer advice at a number of community venues and provide a forum for other public and voluntary sector information and advice services in the borough.

The CAB will work closely with the Merton Voluntary Services Council to ensure that the outreach service reaches those in greatest need at a local level.

National changes to welfare benefits will affect the majority of claimants but many do not understand how the changes will affect them personally. This also applies to the many voluntary organisations across the borough who work with vulnerable and disabled residents.

Merton's cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities, Councillor Edith Macauley said: "This is a great example of Merton’s proactive approach to supporting residents likely to be affected by these changes. We hope that through this grant, residents are able to get the help they need during these difficult economic times."

June 4, 2013