LCDI generates more than £1m for clients

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LCDI Advice Centre has started its 25th Anniversary year in style by generating well in excess of £1million for its clients in the Borough.

The Advice Centre is one of the local charity’s original projects dating back to 1987, and has built up an impressive reputation not just in the Borough, but right across the Province.

In the year ending December 2011, the team generated an impressive £1,273,788 on behalf of their clients.

LCDI Ltd is keen to point out that this is new money which otherwise would not have entered the local economy.

Advice Centre manager Mr. Harry Lyness said this is the fourth year in succession that the Advice team have exceeded the £1m mark. The money is generated through successful claims and appeals for DLA and Attendance allowance etc. and our very successful record in Industrial Tribunal representation.

Harry said in the last year there was a notable increase in the number of people new to the benefits system requiring assistance navigating what may seem like an impenetrable maze. These are people who have a long CV of work but through no fault of their own have been made redundant as a result of the current economic climate.

“When you add to this the proposed (more stringent) new tests for Housing benefit, Disability Living Allowance and Working Tax Credits etc,” said Mr Myness, who is expecting significant increase in business from clients with related queries. (LCDI Advice Centre will make a statement in relation to these in the coming weeks).

LCDI General Manager, Mr. Damien Corr said that he was not at all surprised at the performance of the team.

He continued: “In addition to their expertise and experience our staff bring passion, commitment and hard work to the table…this has been the case with all of our staff over the years and will continue to be so well into the future.”

Mr. Corr said that he is very confident that in the face of the proposed changes to the welfare system, there is no better place to seek clarification than the LCDI Advice Centre.

Chairman of LCDI Ltd, Mr Keith Leighton said that the Directors of the Company are very proud that one of our first projects from all those years ago, is not only still operating, but is doing so to the highest professional standards. Keith echoed Harry’s praise for the centres staff, and said: “Staff are the key resource for any business and LCDI are very well placed with staff of such high calibre”. He went on thank the funders who he said “provide the other important resource…cash! Limavady Borough Council have always kept faith with us, providing core funding for the Advice project, and they deserve recognition for that. The other funders are DSD through the Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and DETI through Advice NI. Without the input from all of these funders around £1.3m would not have made its way into the economy of this Borough. We feel that we have provided our fenders with and excellent ‘return’ on their ‘investment’ and this gives us the confidence to believe that we will be around for another 25 years.”

Mayor of Limavady Sean McGlinchey agreed with Mr Leighton and commended the LCDI Advice team on the hard work for the people of the whole Borough. The Mayor also took the time to wish LCDI all the very best in their 25th Anniversary year.

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