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August 2015 e-bulletin

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About us
Advice North Somerset is a two-year project, funded by the Big Lottery Advice Services Transition Fund, to set up an advice partnership in North Somerset.

Annual Conference

Like it or not, the World is Going Online, so How Do We Meet the Challenge?

Registration is now open for our Annual Conference on Wednesday 16 September where this will be the theme of the event.
It runs from 9.15am to 1pm and will be followed by a light lunch. We are again holding it at Knightstone Housing in Worle.
You should have already received an email invitation for this event. If not, please contact

Go4IT - Final Call

There is a small sum of money remaining in the Go4IT scheme so we are making a final call for applications before the scheme closes.


If you help clients with claiming benefits online and want to be considered, please contact us on for an application form. Due to the small amount remaining, there will be a maximum of £200 available per organisation.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 11th August.

Website Development

The second phase of the Advice North Somerset website has now gone live.

The website was launched last year concentrating on "Advice" - where to find advice on various areas of social welfare law. This year we have concentrated on the "Network" side aimed at professionals and volunteers working in the sector. This now showcases the referral system, our information library,  our campaign for change work, events and training. In response to public demand, we have also added an upgraded search facility which will make it even easier to find what you're looking for.

Find the website at

Housing Benefit Guidance

Understanding letters about Housing Benefit can be difficult.

Working from input from the Advice North Somerset Network, North Somerset Council has produced a guide to help clients better understand letters about how Housing Benefit has been calculated.

For more information, visit our website.

New CAB Bureau Chief

North Somerset Citizens Advice has announced that Fiona Cope has been appointed as their new Chief Executive. Fiona is currently employed by Taunton Citizens Advice and will start in post on 1st September.


Summer Forum

Minutes and papers from the Summer Forum are now available on the website. As the Conference is being held in September, the next Forum will take place in December.
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