WARRINGTON Borough Council is giving people the chance to find out exactly what they are entitled to by rolling out the Benefit Bus.
Packed full of information to tell people exactly what they are entitled to, the Benefit Bus will be
stationed by Warrington Market later this month for residents to hop on and receive help in making their claims for council tax and housing benefit.
The bus is complete with disabled access and a satellite link to the council’s computer system so entitlement can checked and verified straight away.
It also has three workstations, an interview desk and one private interview facility.
Adrian Webster, the council’s benefit manager said: “By taking the benefits service out into the community we aim to increase benefit take-up by local residents.
“Sadly, many people aren’t claiming housing or council tax benefits and they are missing out on education grants. Either they don’t know they’re entitled to them or they’re put off by the prospect of red tape and form filling. We want to ensure that they don’t lose out.”
An estimated £1.8 million of council tax benefit is going unclaimed each year across the UK and people could be owed as much as £600.
Council tax benefit offers anyone on a low income help towards paying their bills and many people, particularly pensioners who own their own home, are unaware that they have the right to this help.
The Benefit Bus will be at the market from Tuesday, August 26 to Friday, August 29.