First Steps Women’s Centre

Over £320,000 Additional Benefit identified for people living in Dungannon and surrounding area in past 48 Months   The Benefit Checker Service has been in operation since September 2012. In less than 3 years this service has helped many people in need. These include pensioners, single parents and families whose parent or parents have suffered a drop in income e.g. through loss of employment.

At present the total additional benefits identified and claimed has surpassed £320,000.. Additional benefits identified include amongst others Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Family Tax Credit and Attendance Allowance.

Chief Executive Michael McGoldrick stated “This confidential service evolved out of a real need to help women and their families who were struggling to cope with the complexity of the benefits system. We saw how stressed and confused people were, when trying to understand what benefits they were entitled to.

benefit money picWith all the recent changes in benefits recently, it can be difficult to understand if your benefits are affected and if so how and why.

A new Benefits Awareness website has been lauched by Turn2Us which aims to make it as easy as possible for anyone who is concerned or unsure to find out if, when and how the changes may affect them.

Successful Benefits Checker claims
Since September 2012 £331,745.16

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