Council cash boost for helpful Chesterfield organisations

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A cash boost of more than £45,000 has been given to two organisations which help Derbyshire people going through a tough time.

Derbyshire County Council has given a grant of £40,148 to the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centre, and the Trade Union Safety Team is to receive £5,821.

The DUWC offers free, independent welfare rights advice including guidance on benefits and tax credits, help with form-filling, representation at benefits tribunals and redundancy advice. Last year it dealt with more than 12,000 enquiries and they helped to bring in more than £2.3 million for local people as a result. At present its main office is based on Saltergate, Chesterfield, but it will move to Chesterfield Town Hall next month.

TRUST, also based in Chesterfield, provides help and support, including legal and benefits advice, on all aspects of health and safety at work including industrial diseases. The work they do includes diagnostic testing for industrial deafness and vibration white finger, as well as running support groups for people diagnosed with tinnitus and asbestos-related diseases.

It works closely with DUWC and refers clients for benefits advice where necessary. In 2011 to 2012, it dealt with more than 700 enquiries and there has been a steady increase in the number of people using its service.

Coun Dave Allen, cabinet member for health and communities, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to continue to fund these two organisations which provide essential support to thousands of people every year.

“The advice that the staff and volunteers at both organisations provide is a great help to many people in Derbyshire who are going through difficult times.”