We are all aware of the impact of the credit crunch and the current economic crisis. Whether it be concerns about jobs, the cost of heating, the price of goods in a shop, or the difficulty in getting a mortgage, the credit crunch doesn't just effect the fat cats in the city, it has a real impact on our lives in Stockwell.
The leader of Lambeth, Steve Reed has set up a Credit Crunch Taskforce to come up with fresh ideas for how to help local people cope.
Among the ideas being discussed is help so people claim all the benefits they’re entitled to. With the council’s help over recent months, residents have already claimed an extra £1m they were missing out on. Whether it’s Winter Fuel Payments, Child Tax Credits, or grants to help you insulate your home, there are lots of ways people can get more money to ease the burden. If you think you might be missing out on your benefits, please click here.
There are also plans to cut waste in the town hall, to keep council tax low. Ther will be an opportunity to present plans to central Government for extra help for people struggling with mortgage repayments, or bigger cash payments to help pensioners pay their heating bills.
The taskforce will present their ideas in the next few weeks. In the meantime, send your views to Steve Reed via firstname.lastname@example.org or let us know what you think in the comments section.