Local charity busier than ever with debt advice

Claire Brown News

It’s one of the busiest times of the year for debt advice and historically January 31st is the busiest day of the year for clients seeking help, according to Citizens Advice South Hams. Analysis of national data from the past 12 months reveals that on the 31st January 2018, Citizens Advice helped 2,800 people face-to-face, on the phone or via …

Citizens Advice South Hams seek a new Trustee

Claire Brown News, Vacancies, Volunteering Roles

Citizens Advice South Hams plays a vital role in our local community providing free, independent and impartial advice to clients on issues such as debt, benefits, fuel poverty, housing and employment. Our trustees ensure that the charity is well managed and that resources are utilised effectively and appropriately. Trustees devote time, commitment and experience to carry out this voluntary role, …

Local Charity Championing Big Energy Savings Week

Claire Brown News

“Check, Switch, Save” is the message from Citizens Advice South Hams as it prepares for its annual energy awareness campaign, which this year starts with Big Energy Saving Week (BESW) on January 21st  and runs through to Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Feb 15th. Citizens Advice is the statutory consumer champion for energy and is leading the campaign to make …

Family Law team and local charity offer help for families who want to separate

Claire Brown News

As the Christmas decorations are put away, sadly lots of couples are considering separation and divorce.  The Ministry of Justice has revealed that hundreds of applications were lodged between Christmas and New Year’s Day, some were even lodged on Christmas Day. In the absence of legal aid for most cases, there has been an increase in the number of people …

Focus on – Marriage Allowance

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Lots of couples aren’t claiming Marriage Allowance, a tax benefit which enables married or civil partners to transfer a proportion of their personal allowance between them.  It’s estimated by HMRC that a million couples who are eligible for this tax benefit aren’t receiving it. If you are married or in a civil partnership and one of you is earning less …

System allows bailiffs to get away with rule breaking, says Citizens Advice

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Bailiffs are not being held to account when they break the rules because the complaints system is complicated and intimidating, according to new research from Citizens Advice. Figures obtained by the charity from the Ministry of Justice show just 56 complaints were made through a court-based process introduced as part of the bailiff reforms in 2014. In the report – …

Rent-to-own cap a victory for struggling families says Citizens Advice

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The Financial Conduct Authority’s recent decision to cap the cost of rent to own or rental purchase white goods will help hundreds of thousands of people who use the high-interest agreements.  The cap, subject to consultation, will come into force on April 1st next year and it is thought will save consumers up to £22.7m a year, although research from …