Housing surgeries extend to Alresford and Bishops Waltham

Press Release: 12/01/2007

More surgeries offering advice on housing issues and housing and council tax benefit are available across the Winchester area.

The sessions have been running for some time at Denmead and Wickham and the scheme has extended to include Alresford and Bishops Waltham. They are now also open to all residents, and not restricted to council tenants only.

At the surgeries, residents can benefit from a confidential consultation with our Housing Benefit Visiting Officer and/or our Area Housing Manager.

Subjects that can be covered include:
- General information on all aspects of Housing and Council Tax Benefit 
- General information on Housing Issues
- Any problems council tenants have with rents, property management or repairs
- Help completing Housing and Council Tax Benefit application forms
- Quotes on possible entitlement to Housing and/or Council Tax Benefit
Our Visiting Officer can take photos of proofs that need to be supplied to support a claim for Housing and/or Council Tax Benefit

Cllr Freddy Allgood, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Resources, said: "The surgeries have been very useful for the people in Denmead, where we piloted them, and it's good that more people across the district have access to these services."

"What has also been very good indeed is that people can raise issues, not only relating to rent and council tax," he added.

"For example, where people have raised the need for pavement repairs or complained about overhanging hedges we have been able to forward it on to the relevant department."

Where: The Common Room, Normandy Court, Station Close, Wickham
When: The first Wednesday of the month from 10am-1pm

Where: The Common Room, White Wings House, Ashling Park Road, Denmead
When: The first Thursday of the month from 2-5pm

Where: The Parish Offices, Well House, 2 Brook Street, Bishops Waltham
When: The third Wednesday of the month from 10am-1pm

Where: The Common Room, Makins Court, Windsor Road, Alresford
When: The third Thursday of the month from 2-5pm

For more information, or to make an appointment for a particular time, please contact Winchester City Council on (01962) 848 539 or email benefits@winchester.gov.uk