Citizens Advice Winchester District (CAWD) is working with Winchester City Council (WCC) and the Job Centre Plus to support local people impacted by new welfare reform, and in particular, the benefit cap which will impact some local households from 7th November 2016 as they see benefits cut.
‘Make Money Work’ is a new project created by CAWD and WCC to offer a sustainable and supportive solution to those people adversely impacted by the benefit changes.
A dedicated CAWD Money Coach will provide a wide range of free support to local people across Winchester District, helping them to access a range of services including in-towork support, financial literacy, debt/money management and budgeting. CAWD will offer the service primarily from its Winchester and Bishop’s Waltham offices, with support by phone and email and home visiting as required.
Natalie Webb, Chief Officer of CAWD said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with WCC to help local people manage changes to their benefits, ensuring that they have the best possible support. ‘Make Money Work’ will deliver positive support and potential solutions to enable our clients and their families to find a positive way forward and to make ends meet.”
CAWD has been helping people in the local community for 63 years. 6,799 people turned to the charity for assistance in the last financial year (2015-16). Benefits advice was the most common issue facing residents, representing one quarter of all queries.