The impact of recent welfare reforms and changes to the benefits system are being discussed at an open forum on Tuesday 25 March, and Swindon Borough Council is looking for more groups to attend.
A number of organisations have already been invited, but the council is looking in particular for representatives from different faith groups, and individuals, who provide support and guidance to those affected by benefit or debt issues.
The forum will help the council understand how to meet the needs of residents to cope with future benefits changes, and will help explain what it is currently doing to meet these needs. It is being chaired by Cllr Russell Holland, Swindon Borough Council Cabinet member for Finance, and will also be attended by other councillors and senior council staff.
The agenda for the meeting, which is being held at the Civic Offices in Euclid Street and starts at 6pm, will include a talk by Swindon Foodbank, discussions on the future of local welfare services, changes to national legislation on how bailiffs should operate, and the support being given to residents who are having difficulty paying their council tax.
Cllr Holland said: "The council has been carefully monitoring the impact of welfare reform and we have provided help to literally thousands of residents but we are keen to build up a more detailed picture of the issues people are facing."