Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News
Help on hand over missed benefits
HALTON residents have been urged to seek advice if they believe they may be missing out on benefits they may be eligible for.
A Halton Borough Council welfare rights service spokeswoman said the team helps people who have either lost benefits or could be eligible for more than they currently receive.
She said the service helped with “numerous benefit appeals”, achieving a 95% success rate last year.
It also obtained £900,000 for clients assisted by the Macmillan benefits service.
Most of the increases were gained in Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowances, with more than £2.1m in extra payments achieved.
The welfare benefits team also renegotiated debt payments of nearly £164,000, enabling relief for those who owed money to lenders.
Halton Council said the team comprises three sections.
One deals with welfare rights, covering form completion, advice and representation at appeals tribunals if refused benefit or the award is believed to be too low.
The second part of the service deals with Macmillan Cancer support, which enables specialist welfare rights advisors to help people affected by cancer or others who have a palliative diagnosis.
A smaller section of the service deals with debt advice.
Cllr Mark Dennett (corporate services) said: “This is a very important arm of Halton Borough Council’s financial service.
“We do not want our residents feeling they have been left out when a misfortune or set of circumstances may have left them in need of financial help.”
He added: “While it’s wonderful to see that £2.1m has been gained by residents in need, we know there are more cases which need our assistance.
“My advice is get in touch as soon as you can.
“We may be able to help.”
Halton spans the towns of Runcorn and Widnes , Cheshire, and some neighbouring villages.
Contact the welfare rights team on 0151 511 8930 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org