New Benefit Welfare Advice Service

Charitable body, The Severn Trent Trust Fund (STTF) and Community Advice and Law Service (CALS), Leicester are holding an event to celebrate the launch of a new welfare benefit advice service.

This new service is being funded by STTF for two years to support CALS when they have clients that are in need of more in depth help than they could previously provide.

The launch will take place at St Martin’s House, Leicester on 13th May at 1.00 pm and MP for Leicester West Liz Kendall will be in attendance.

In the last 2 years CALS has received over 600 requests for specialist advice on welfare benefits and 200 of these cases required help with appeals.  The number of enquiries is predicted to increase as Universal Credit is rolled out in Leicester during the year.

“This is a much needed service for the people of Leicester,” says Gay Hammett, Community Grant Manager at Auriga Services, who manage Severn Trent Trust Fund. “There is a huge rise in people needing help since welfare reform changes were introduced and there are fewer agencies who are able to provide that help”.

“We are delighted to be working with STTF on this important project,” says Kathryn Burgess executive director at CALS.    “It will enable us to enhance the services we offer and deliver a holistic package for clients that will provide measurable long term benefits.”

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