Council support for laid off workers through 'credit crunch'

Contributed by editor on Jan 13, 2009 - 05:00 AM

A local council is working hard promoting benefits and letting people
know about help that is available through Housing and Council Tax

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Dover District Council is providing and facilitating
support, information and help for all local residents through the
current economic climate.

When Dover and Deal branches of Woolworths closed recently,
representatives from Dover District Council’s Welfare and Benefits
teams, together with JobCentre Plus, met staff and made special
presentations, and distributed information packs.

Of the 32 staff who attended, 8 benefits appointments
were arranged immediately, and a further 10 applications were made.

Lynn Brisley, DDC Welfare Officer, said: “The staff welcomed our visit
and a rapport was created which will hopefully encourage them to contact
us without hesitation. The appreciation shown by all of the staff at
Woolworths, and the number of queries we were able to resolve
illustrates the value of this work, and we will continue to offer this
service wherever we can.”

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council said: “We are
working hard to provide help and support to our communities through the
current economic climate. As part of the budget process we are
allocating additional support to help residents deal with financial
problems and we are set to provide increased grant support to the
district’s Citizens Advice Bureau.”

If any businesses or employees affected by redundancies or closure would
like to find out more about the free visiting/advice service, please
or call (01304) 872164. For
information on help available for businesses paying non-domestic rates,
please see
. For more information on Housing and Council
Tax Benefit, please contact (01304) 821199 or email
call into your local Council Office or see the Council website at