Help available for householders in Hartlepool affected by the 'bedroom tax' (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Help available for householders in Hartlepool affected by the 'bedroom tax'
6:20pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
HOUSEHOLDS in Hartlepool affected by the Government’s bedroom tax are being offered financial help by the Borough Council but they must make a claim first.
Hartlepool Council has agreed to use an anticipated £346,000 under-spend in its Local Welfare Support Scheme budget to give up to 16 weeks of assistance to each of 1,581 households that have had their housing benefit cut.
All tenants identified as being potentially eligible but who have not yet made a claim are being sent letters inviting them to submit a claim. If they do not, they will not qualify for help.
All tenants need to do to make a claim is sign and date the letter and return it to their landlord or Hartlepool Civic Centre by October 7.
ENERGY SAVINGS: Stockton Borough Council is encouraging business and community groups to check if they are getting the best deal on their energy bills as part of the ‘Big Community Switch’ campaign taking place until October 15. Any business or community organisation wanting to use the free service can register by visiting www.stockton.gov.uk/bigcommunityswitch
MUSEUM OPEN: Despite the damage to the bridge and closure of the main access road in Skinningrove, east Cleveland, the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum remains open. Visitors are being diverted into Carlin How and along the road which passes Skinningrove Works and St Helen’s Church. Anyone interested in events should contact Jean Banwell, the education officer on 01287-642877 or email email@example.com
KIDS EVENT: More than 750 youngsters from 22 local schools are preparing to scoot, run and cycle at the Tata Kids of Steel triathlon event next week as Eston Leisure Centre is set to play host on Friday (September 20). Children aged between eight and 13, will take part in the day-long event regardless of their ability or experience in an attempt to encourage more to take up sport.
SPECIAL GUEST: Members of Normanby Local History Group were treated to an impromptu talk about the Luftwaffe attacks on Teesside from local author and avaiation historian Bill Norman during their August meeting. Mr Norman popped in to personally deliver copies of his latest book, "Air Raid Diary", to members who had pre-ordered them. The Guisborough based writer has written ten books, specializing in the air war over the northern counties of Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland during the Second World War.
CHURCH FUNDS: The United Reformed Church, Station Road, Redcar is organising a concert on Saturday, October 12 in aid of church funds. The choir performing are Shiney Row Male Voice Choir and the concert begins at 7pm. Tickets are £5 including light refreshments and are available by calling 01642-479038, from Saltburn Health Food Shop or at the door.
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