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The event was part of the Support Matters Month activities, a National Housing Federation campaign running throughout November, to raise the profile of the importance of local care and support services.
The Support 4 Housing team organised the session due to an increasing number of clients feeling concerned about the welfare benefit reforms and how they will be affected.
Elizabeth O’Kane, the Welfare Rights Officer at Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC), spoke to people about the changes in the benefit system, how these changes may affect each individual and how to plan for these changes. People also had the opportunity to ask Elizabeth their individual questions and share their worries and concerns with the group.
The question and answer session was a great opportunity for people to come and get the information that they need about the benefit reforms. Some people are really worried about the changes and so some straight forward information is desperately needed to help people to get to grips with what the changes will mean for them.
At Support 4 Housing we want to give our clients the best opportunity to manage future changes. We can help clients with budgeting and IT skills, as well as practical stuff like setting up basic bank accounts, online banking, and saving money using internet resources.
Guy Hayes, Support 4 Housing Deputy Manager
It was great. I was very impressed with the benefits Q & A because the lady was very helpful, she was excellent. I didn’t know what the Government was going to do and I learnt what is happening.
Patrick Kite, Support 4 Housing client