Helpful Recession Resources

Press Release: 02/02/2009

The downturn in the economy means that more people might need help and advice

Winchester City Council is providing residents with vital support and information on how to cope during the recession.

As many people start to feel the pinch, the city council is keen to highlight the range of benefits and services available to people.

A new page on the council’s website, www.winchester.gov.uk/recessionadvice , provides information on subjects such as benefits, housing, family support, and finding work.

The council is keen to show people that they are not alone and that there are plenty of ways in which the council and local organisations might be able to help.

The City Council also supports local organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) which is also on hand to help anyone who needs advice.

Citizens Advice is an independent service providing free, confidential, impartial advice on a wide range of subjects. CAB staff can work with residents to sort out debt worries and identify benefits that they may be entitled to. They can help with housing and employment problems, or deal with queries about consumer or tax issues. They can also advise on legal matters, family problems and other personal matters too.

Cllr Tony Coates, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: "There are many ways in which people might be able to get vital help. It’s always worth contacting the council or your local CAB office to see if you qualify for any additional support, whether it be in the form of benefits, housing, grants or just general advice. Don’t be afraid to ask whether you qualify for help, especially if you are struggling to make ends meet."

Residents can also contact the council on 01962 840 222 or visit the main council reception in Colebrook Street.