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Service helps residents claim extra £2m in benefits

Created on 24/11/2021 @ 07:56


Local residents were assisted in claiming an extra £2,046,118 in benefits that they were entitled to during the last tax year (2020/21), the county council has said.

Powys County Council’s Money Advice Service said 529 people benefited from their service and they have said that more residents who are struggling with their finances this year could be missing out on what they are entitled to.

During the six months from April 1 to September 30, the service has helped a further 331 people claim an extra £880,982, but there are many more Powys residents who could benefit from additional financial advice as the county’s economy emerges from the pandemic.

Cllr Aled Davies, PCC’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Finance, said: “During the last 18 months the Covid-19 pandemic has adversely affected our residents’ lives in many ways, and that often includes their finances.

“So, if you, or someone you know, needs help with benefits, budgeting, debt or fuel costs, then do get in touch with our Money Advice Service.

“They have made a staggering difference to many people’s lives already and they could help you get your finances in order too!”

To find out more, visit the PCC website and search ‘money advice’. It includes a range of free tools to help you manage your money better, and an online form that will allow you to ‘request money advice’.

Alternatively, call 01874 612153 or email

PCC’s Money Advice Service can help to:

  • Find ways to maximise your income, and give advice on your entitlements
  • Apply for benefits and welfare grants
  • Manage your fuel costs and find better ways to heat your home
  • Manage your debt situation, including the option of a ‘Breathing Space’
  • Manage your finances through better budgeting

It also works in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide specialist money and benefit support to cancer patients, and their carers, in Powys.

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