Free and confidential advice sessions are being delivered across the Kenton area of the city by two organisations – Kenton Welfare Rights and Newcastle Citizens Advice. Kenton Ward Committee is funding a fortnightly face-to-face Welfare Rights service from Kenton library. The sessions take place on 22 September, 6 and 23 Oct and 3 and 17 Nov between 9,30 to 12 noon. and beyond till May 2023.
Meanwhile, Newcastle Citizens Advice is running ‘outreach’ sessions from The Haven based next to Mountfield School. These drop-in sessions take place every Tuesday morning between 10 to 12 noon. No appointment is needed. Advice sessions rolled out across Kenton in response to cost of living crisis
Practical help is on offer
Coun Stephen Lambert, Chair of the Kenton Committee, said:
” This is a challenging time for many families and households hit by the long-term impact of Covid-19 and the cost-of-living crisis. Experienced advice workers can provide practical help with UC, ESA, PIP/DLA, Pension Credit, and AA queries/claims as well as energy advice.
”We’re particularly keen to ensure that those residents in hardship apply for £100 one-off grants from the Council’s Household Support Fund. Both organisations can help eligible residents with the paperwork.”
Meanwhile face-to-face Kenton Councillor Advice Surgeries run on the first Saturday of each month at Kenton library – 1.30-11.30am.
The City’s Welfare Rights Service also run a daily public advice line – 9.30 to 12.30 – Ring 10191 2772627.