We are delighted to have extended funding for an in-house welfare adviser at Nottingham & District CAB following the successful completion of a 12 month project.
Emily Chesher was appointed as a welfare adviser in response to changes in the benefit system. The aim of the project is to lessen welfare dependency and help people manage their debt and has been so successful that were able to find funding for another six months.
Emily provides advice on how to maximise income and manage budgets in order to help people break the cycle of repeated dependency. She offers practical help and advice that is free and confidential.
Her work is varied, during the last twelve months Emily has worked closely with the CAB team to refer clients that may benefit from Debt Relief Orders and help clients that have had housing benefits reduced obtain Discretionary Housing Payments.
A lot of clients have been unsure about their entitlement to benefits and Emily has been able to assist with jobseeker’s allowance and income support, housing benefits, social fund, tax credits, and sickness and disability benefits.
Other clients have required help in finding the best value bank account, switching utility suppliers, paying bills efficiently and general advice on how to manage budgets.
Trish Eaton, chief officer at Nottingham & District CAB says, “Whilst the economy is improving there is still enormous demand for debt advice and this is likely to be the case for some time yet, so it is fantastic that we can continue with this essential service for another six months.“
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