ELLESMERE Port’s welfare benefits service is to step up the number of home visits made to vulnerable people and those with mobility difficulties.
The demand for home visits from people to make sure they are receiving all the benefits they are entitled to has increased greatly since the summer.
However, to free up more time for the home visits, the council’s welfare benefits advice surgery at Ellesmere Port Healthy Living Centre will be closing.
The popular Wednesday morning surgery was set up a year ago and has helped hundreds of people claim benefits that they are entitled to but the demand for home visits has led to the service changing its focus.
Council benefits advisor Karen Linford said: “Over the last year I have helped more than 600 people and their families, resulting in around £250,000 of Government benefits being paid to people across the borough who might not have received this money.
“However, it was becoming difficult to see many housebound and vulnerable people who needed help so we took the difficult decision to replace the drop-in surgery with more home visits.
“I would urge people who need advice to contact me on 0151 356 6607 or e-mail me at email@example.com”
The last surgery at the Healthy Living Centre was this morning (Wednesday).