Benefits changes on agenda

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PEOPLE can learn more about proposed changes to the benefits system.

The issue is on the agenda for the next meeting of the East Shields and Whitburn Community Area Forum.

Residents can attend the meeting, which takes place on Thursday at 6pm, at Marsden Primary School, Mill Lane, Whitburn.

A report will be presented at on major changes to how vulnerable, disabled, older and unemployed people in South Tyneside are supported by the welfare state.

Councillor Neil Maxwell said: “The report will explain how these reforms are going to impact on local residents, and the council.

“There will be a lot of households which will be affected by the changes and I’d urge anyone who is interested to come along and find out more.”