Ilfracombe library pilots scheme to help people understand new welfare reforms

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By tinap | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 13:06

Ilfracombe library is one of three Devon libraries piloting a new drop-in service to help local people understand changes to the Government's welfare reforms.

Free Fridays was launched by Devon County Council this week and is aimed at helping those in the local community who are seeking work or claiming benefits. Those taking part in the scheme will be offered two hours of free internet access to search for jobs and access information, as well as the opportunity to learn how to manage a budget and improve their maths, reading and writing skills. 

Specially-trained staff will be on hand to provide advice on everything from online form filling, and how to use the new Universal Credit and websites to job seeking, cv writing and employability. They will also be able to direct people to relevant local agencies who offer further support.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council's Cabinet Member for Communities, who has responsibility for the library service, said:"Libraries are at the heart of our communities. They are friendly safe places which are centrally located and familiar to most people, so offering these important services there means the community are more likely to come along and get the help and support they need.

"I would urge anyone affected by the changes to the benefits system or those looking for a job to go along and take advantage of the free resources and advice on offer."

If successful, the pilot could be rolled out across the country.

Ilfracombe library is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Fridays. For more information, click HERE



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