Merton Partnership approves grant for outreach work

The Merton Partnership has announced a £73,000 grant for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) to provide special support to Merton residents affected by welfare reforms.

The funding will enable Merton’s CAB to provide information and training to the voluntary sector in Merton, offer advice at a number of community venues and provide a forum for other public and voluntary sector information and advice services in the borough. The CAB will work closely with the Merton Voluntary Services Council to ensure that the outreach service reaches those in greatest need at a local level.

National changes to welfare benefits will affect the majority of claimants but many do not understand how the changes will affect them personally. This also applies to the many voluntary organisations across the borough who work with vulnerable and disabled residents.

Merton’s cabinet member for community safety, engagement and equalities, Councillor Edith Macauley said: “This is a great example of Merton’s proactive approach to supporting residents likely to be affected by these changes. We hope that through this grant, residents are able to get the help they need during these difficult economic times.”

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Notes to editor

The Merton Partnership is a strategic partnership that places the needs of the community, regeneration of the borough and the effective delivery of public services at the heart of what public agencies and their partners do.

Members of the Merton Partnership include: Merton Council, MP for Wimbledon, MP for Mitcham and Morden, Merton Police, Merton Chamber of Commerce, Merton Priory Homes, Jobcentre Plus, Merton Voluntary Service Council, Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust, South Thames College, St Georges Healthcare NHS Trust, The Interfaith Forum, Merton Unity Network, Merton Fire Brigade and Community Engagement Representatives.

About the London Borough of Merton

An outer London borough to the south west of the capital with a population of 200,000 residents living in 80,000 households and served by 7,500 businesses. Formed in 1965, the borough’s five main town centres are Wimbledon (taking in the Village, the Broadway and South Wimbledon), Mitcham, Morden, Raynes Park and Colliers Wood.

Merton is home to the world famous All England Lawn Tennis Club, where the Wimbledon Championships take place every year bringing an extra 500,000 people into the borough for the tennis extravaganza.

In the 13th century, the Statutes of Merton, the basis of common law in England and seen by many as the forerunner for modern parliament, were signed here. In the 19th century Merton was a place of industry where famous names such as Arthur Liberty and William Morris based their businesses on the River Wandle. The Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson also lived in Merton.