Mullan commends Welfare Roadshow initiative

Sinn Féin MLA Karen Mullan has commended moves by a local welfare advice group to organise a “Welfare Roadshow” to provide support and advice to the local community.

A number of walk-in sessions will be held in community centres in the Bogside, Brandywell, Bishop Street and Creggan with advice provided by Dove House.

Karen Mullan MLA said: 

“I commend moves by Dove House to organise these sessions to provide advice on Universal Credit, PIP and ESA to people across the area. Dove House have taken this initiative to reach out and provide support to the local community.

“In recent months I have been working with all the independent welfare advice services that are operating across the city.

“There is no doubt that due to the introduction of Universal Credit, these groups are under severe pressure and stress.

“I have raised their concerns and  pressures they are facing with Derry City & Strabane District Council and the Permanent Secretary of Department for Communities.

“I am pleased that a number of concerns have been addressed and resolved – in a time of increasing DUP/Tory austerity, I will continue to fight for extra and proper resources for independent advice in the city. They provide an invaluable service to many people on a daily basis.

“The advice sessions will run all this week until  Friday 16th March every night from 7pm – 9pm where advisors will provide free advice on a number of benefits including Universal Credit, PIP and ESA.

“A special session will also be held for Autism families, a Direct Payment Advisor will also be in attendance on Wednesday 14th March from 11am to 1pm in the Gasyard Centre.”
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Note to Editor:
 
The dates and locations of the sessions:

Tuesday 13th: Pilots Row Community Centre
Wednesday 14th: Gasyard Centre
(Special Autism Event with Direct Payment Advisor 11am – 1pm)

Thursday 15th: Bishop Street Community Centre

Friday 16th: Long Tower Youth Club