Job fair in Barnet and Southgate College in Southgate to tackle Government benefit changes

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More than 1,500 people soon to be hit by the looming benefit changes have been invited to a jobs fair.

The 10am fair on Friday in Barnet and Southgate College in Southgate aims to inform people about the roles available in the wake of the benefit reform.

The changes, which will come into force on April 15, will see lone parents, couples, and couples with children who work fewer than 24 hours a week have their benefits capped at £500 a week.

Employers at the fair in High Street include the council, Westminster Care Home, NHS Whittington Hospital, Hairdressers of Black Origin and ASDA.

Councillor Del Goddard, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Many families living in Enfield do not receive anywhere near £500 a week, but most of the benefit payments that they do get goes on rent in the private sector leaving little for other expenses.

“The council has been working with Job Centre Plus to attract local employers, skills trainers, and specialist advisers to the event on Friday. I want to encourage all benefits claimants to attend. They can find out about moving into work, child care, housing benefit and managing their money.”

The fair is organised by Job Centre Plus, Barnet and Southgate College and Enfield Borough Council.

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