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Lambeth launches major public awareness campaign on government benefit cuts

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Up to 1 in 6 Lambeth residents affected by cuts to benefits in April 2013

Leader of Lambeth council, Cllr Lib Peck, has launched a major campaign to warn residents about the impact of government benefit cuts (Wednesday 30th January 2013).

The campaign includes large advertising posters being placed across the borough (attached), information posters delivered to schools, children’s centres, GP surgeries, a series of advice events including the first ever Lambeth Family Finance Fair on 9th March 2013 and direct mail letters sent to affected residents affected by the various benefit changes.

In April 2013 the government is making a series of cuts to benefits:

  • Council Tax Benefit is being scrapped – the change will mean reductions in financial support for 20,758 Lambeth households
  • Disability Living Allowance is being abolished – 9,000 people in Lambeth will be affected
  • Housing Benefit criteria is being changed in relation to the number of occupied bedrooms in a property – 4000 households in Lambeth will be affected
  • A new Cap on Housing Benefit is being introduced later in the year – 667 households in Lambeth will be affected (mostly families) with an average shortfall of £94 per week.

London boroughs like Lambeth are being hit hard by the government benefit cuts:

  • London has the highest percentage (25.5%) of households receiving Housing Benefit of any region in the country
  • Lambeth has 2nd highest number of Housing Benefit claimants in London and the 4th highest number of council tax benefit claimants
  • Lambeth has the highest number of Job Seekers in London.

Cllr Lib Peck said,

“The scale of the government’s benefit cuts is huge, affecting up to 1 in 6 of our residents. It’s clear that thousands of residents, many of whom are in work, will see their weekly incomes cut in two months time. Cuts to benefits will force hundreds of families to move away from areas where they have support networks and children in school.

‘Across London hundreds of thousands of families face losing money they can’t afford to go without because of these benefit cuts. In Lambeth, over 30,000 people, many of whom are working, face paying more following the government’s cuts to council tax benefit.

‘We are determined to do everything within our power to alert Lambeth residents to the government’s benefit cuts and provide support and advice to local people on managing their finances and opportunities to find jobs and training.”

1. Lambeth’s campaign to raise resident’s awareness about benefit cuts includes the:

Unveiling of 46 large advertising posters across the borough today (Wednesday 30th January 2013)
Launch of a new quarterly magazine, Benefit Focus, for residents on benefit changes, employment opportunities and responsible money management.
Delivery of information posters to schools, children’s centres, doctor’s surgeries, advice centres, council buildings, libraries.
First ever Lambeth Family Finance Fair – Sat 9 March 2013 to give advice to residents on their finances, jobs and benefit changes.
Sending of direct mail letters to affected residents affected by the various benefit changes.

2. London has the highest percentage (25.5%) of households receiving Housing Benefit. In Great Britain as a whole, an estimated 18.9% of all households receive Housing Benefit. Among the regions, London has the highest percentage (25.5% of households) with the lowest (14.7% of households) being in the South East Region. More here >>

3. Lambeth has the highest number of job seekers in London, the 2nd highest number of Housing Benefit claimants and the 4th highest number of council tax benefit claimants. More here >>

4. More on Lambeth’s benefits campaign – More here >>

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