Leeds project helps people claim £1.2m of benefits

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A children’s centres project has identified £1.2m of unclaimed benefits.

Better Leeds Communities is supporting local families through a children’s centres project in Leeds and has helped its clients claim more than £1 million of unclaimed benefits in the last year.

Richard Bridge, the project’s supervisor, said: “It is testament to the hard work of our advisers and telephone assessors that they were able to identify £1,202,680 of unclaimed benefits. It is not difficult to imagine the very real difference this will make to the lives of some of the lower-income families and children living around Leeds. It further confounds the common misconception presented in the media of fraudulent benefit claimants.

“Instead, we see that many people are not claiming what they are due. The benefit of this influx will be directly felt by the Leeds economy as low income families tend to spend the money they receive in their local neighbourhoods.

“Leeds City Council should be applauded for funding the service and the support it continues to provide for children’s services in the city. Parents of under fives and pregnant mothers (or their partners) can seek advice on any issue at a local children’s centre, with appointments usually available within a week. Whilst many people do seek benefits advice, our advisers are also able to provide advice on topics ranging from managing debt, a problem with their housing through to employment, family, education or consumer issues.”

Set up in 2002, Better Leeds offer free advice to anyone in Leeds.

To make an appointment at a range of children’s centres people can telephone 01132753498.