A SCHEME aimed at tackling poverty in Rhyl, Ruthin and Denbigh has been given a four year year extension.

Denbighshire County Council has awarded a new contract to Citizens Advice Denbighshire (CAD) to carry out work on its behalf.

CAD currently offers its services in Rhyl on Water Street, as well as on Denbigh High Street and Ruthin at the Old Fire Station on Market Street.

CAD was selected to provide an independent, confidential and free consumer advice service for Denbighshire residents to help prevent and reduce issues around benefits and tax credits, debt, energy housing, fuel, consumer and employment rights as well as family and relationship issues.

Cllr Julian Thompson-Hill, cabinet lead member for finance said: “We’re delighted to have CAD back on board to help with the work of providing a real benefits service, assisting residents to deal with financial concerns and making sure they are aware of all the support and advice that is available to them."

CAD will provide a specialist welfare service, looking at all aspects of the benefits available to residents. They will provide support to individuals with benefit reviews and appeals process, will help mitigate any issues arising from Universal Credit and will generally direct people to the correct advice at the right time.

Cllr Thompson-Hill added: “We have already seen some ground-breaking projects happen on the ground in Denbighshire and we look forward to working closely with Citizens Advice Denbighshire, to make sure we build a community that is resilient”.