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Newcastle benefits from £17m input

Friday July 29th, 2011

Newcastle City Council has announced that an additional £17m was brought into the economy in the last year thanks to the work of the city council and its partners.

The money, in welfare benefits, has come to the region thanks to the council’s welfare rights, debt advisors and revenue and benefits staff helping families claim the benefits they were not aware that they were entitled to.

In 2010-11 the council helped more than 11,000 residents as more and more of them felt the effects of the tough economic climate and turned to the council for help and advice on benefits and debt management.

City Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Joyce McCarty, said: “We know that families are experiencing hardship as people lose their jobs and they can no longer pay their bills. It is part of our remit as a local authority to help families in these difficult times. Helping them to receive unclaimed benefit is an excellent way of  making a positive difference to people’s lives while bringing more money into the city’s economy which is good for local shops and businesses.

“Seventeen million pounds is a lot of money, and it’s testimony to the hard work of our staff and partners that we have managed to bring it to the city at this time. It’s an important service we are committed to providing.”

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