Five ways to help struggling households
Date Added: 20/03/2015
The council is reminding any residents who are facing financial difficulties to seek one of the many sources of help available, without delay.
There are plenty of organisations that offer advice and practical support to anyone who needs it, and these are described in the council’s new leaflet ‘Where to go for help before it’s too late.’
So, rather than let problems escalate and get out of control, the council stresses that anyone in trouble should get help.
Here are five ways of doing this:
• Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in person, online or by phone for free, impartial and confidential budgeting advice and for referral to other sources of help.
• Get in touch with your local credit union for money advice, low-interest loans, and an easy-to-open savings account. The two main credit unions in Central Bedfordshire are the Bedford Credit Union and Money Matters Credit Union.
• Approach your local food bank for food parcels. Several organisations provide emergency food to residents across Central Bedfordshire. If you don’t know where the food bank nearest to you is located, contact the CAB for details, or to be referred.
• Seek financial assistance from the council. Whether it’s benefit advice you need or temporary financial relief to help you cover housing benefit shortfall, someone will go through available options with you.
• Contact the Warm Homes Healthy People Team on 0300 300 8303, email [email protected] for advice on how you can save energy and money on gas and electricity bills.
Peter Fraser, Head of Partnerships and Community Engagement at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We are always committed to improving the welfare of residents, and this includes ensuring they have someone to speak to in times of crisis or need.
“That is why we have partnered with local organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Credit Unions, and the newly launched AdviceCentral, supporting them in their work to ensure that residents can receive free, unbiased and confidential advice when they need it.
“Our latest information, advice and support leaflet contains details of key social and welfare organisations that can assist. So whether it’s debt, budgeting, food or housing matters you are struggling with, someone can help you find a solution.”
To view or download the leaflet ‘Where to go for help before it’s too late’, visit http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/money-and-benefits/check-elegibility-for-benefits/