Charity walk across Morecambe Bay

South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau Organise Charity Walk Across Morecambe Bay

Join us on Saturday 5 September at 10.30am to walk the spectacular Morecambe Bay sands led by Queens Guide Cedric Robinson MBE. The walk is around 8 miles and takes approximately 3 hours starting at Arnside promenade.

The scenery is stunning, see the wildlife close by, it’s a fun but slightly weird experience walking across the mud flats! If you’ve never done it before – now is your chance.

This is a major fund-raising event to help your local South Lakes Citizens Advice.

Last year we helped 3,000 local residents with free, confidential and impartial advice.  There’s growing demand for our help and like other charities we struggle for funding. So please do come and walk with us. We think you will have a great experience and lots of fun while at the same time raising funds through sponsorship by family, friends and work colleagues.

Registration is just £5 and if you could get friends or colleagues to sponsor you that would be great.

We are limited to 200 people, so book your place early. Full details are available here.

Free, confidential advice and help is available from Citizens Advice Bureaux on any aspect of debt, consumer problems, benefits, housing, employment and any other problems. We have various outlets across Cumbria and can also give advice over the phone – visit our national website to find your nearest bureau.

Settled and safe: a renter’s right

Citizens Advice has launched a new campaign calling for improvements in the private rental sector.

Last year, more than 80,000 people came to us experiencing a problem with a privately rented home.

That’s 230 people every day, hit by issues including illegal eviction, harassment, lost deposits and struggles to secure the most basic repairs.

Our experience tells us the problems are getting worse.  We are campaigning for better protections for private renters including:

  • an end to extortionate fees levied on renters by letting agents.
  • all local authorities in England to set up a register of landlords that tackles the specific problems in their area.
  • tenants to be entitled to rent refunds where the property they’re living in is dangerous or not fit to live in.

Do you rent your home? Please tell us about your experience in our online short survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LQM7TDL

Free, confidential advice and help is available from Cumbria Citizens Advice Bureaux on any aspect of debt, consumer problems, benefits, housing, employment and any other problems. We have various outlets across the county and can also give advice over the phone.

If you don’t need us for advice, how about helping us by becoming a volunteer or making a donation? Not many people realize that we are a charity!

(Please note: Views and opinions expressed by third parties, as guest posts or links, are not the views and opinions held by Citizens Advice, or the Bureaux involved in producing Campaigning Cumbria.  This blog is intended as an information resource to show the type of evidence we are looking for, and the sort of changes to social policy and welfare that might impact those living in Cumbria, and to allow local people and policymakers have their say. It is not intended to provide advice, guidance or information.)

Volunteer to help South Lakes Citizens Advice deliver its free telephone advice service

In the Spring of this year South Lakes Citizens Advice is expanding its telephone service for residents in the South Lakeland area.  This is an exciting development that will enable South Lakes Citizens Advice to help more local people with its free, confidential and impartial advice.

South Lakes Citizen Advice is currently seeking volunteers to help deliver this telephone service.  So if you can spare one day a week and would like to help local people, why not volunteer?  We offer free training that will enhance your skills, and help you to gain confidence and improve your employment opportunities.  Travel expenses will be paid.

For an application form please call Rachel on 015394 46464 or email support@southlakes.cabnet.org.uk.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Free, confidential advice and help is available from South Lakes Citizens Advice Bureau on any aspect of debt, consumer problems, benefits, housing, employment and any other problems. We have various outlets across South Lakeland and can also give advice over the phone – telephone 015394 46464 for an appointment and help.

New Pension Rules

The New State Pension comes into effect from April 2016. Gov.UK has been updated with information about the changes and now includes details about how people aged 55 and over can request a pension statement under the new rules.

The state pension statement service has been extended to include people aged 55 and over. Statements give individuals an estimate of how much they may get under the new State Pension based on their current National Insurance record.
About 5.5 million people are now able to request a pension statement under the new rules.

The statement offers an estimated amount, not a guaranteed amount, as it is based on an individual’s current NI record and doesn’t take into account future NI contribution years they may build.

Pension Wise is a free Government service offering guidance to people over 54.5 years and within 6 months of retiring about how they can make the most of the new pension freedoms.

To find out more, or to make an appointment with a Pension Wise adviser, get in touch with your local CAB.

(Please note: Views and opinions expressed by third parties, as guest posts or links, are not the views and opinions held by Citizens Advice, or the Bureaux involved in producing Campaigning Cumbria.  This blog is intended as an information resource to show the type of evidence we are looking for, and the sort of changes to social policy and welfare that might impact those living in Cumbria, and to allow local people and policymakers have their say. It is not intended to provide advice, guidance or information.)

#Advice4Future: Advice for the Future

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Free advice makes society better. It’s really important that people like Citizens Advice are able to continue to offer free advice, through a range of channels, so it’s available to everyone who needs it.

We’re going through a big period of change in the UK. From welfare reform to the payday lending market, the cost of housing to rising energy bills, life is getting increasingly complicated.

This means it’s even more important that people can access relevant, impartial advice, can get help to make complex decisions and have the confidence and opportunity to act on the issues that concern them.

Advice must be available in different ways to suit different needs.

We believe that advice helps empower people to make decisions and solve problems, and is therefore a critical ingredient to any healthy democracy. Everyone should be able to access the advice they need at the right time, and in the right way for them.

We need…

A strategy for the provision of free advice to help everyone find a way forward:

  • Government recognises people’s need for advice following major changes to policy or service delivery;
  • Local government works with advice services to understand local needs and develop innovative solutions to meet them;
  • Local and national government invest in early intervention and better public services to avoid crisis further downstream.

To harness the power of new technology to reach more and more people, while protecting front line, face to face support for those who need it:

  • Putting clients at the heart of developing telephone and digital services to ensure service design and content truly meet people’s needs.
  • Integrating digital advice with face to face and telephone services to make it easier for everyone to get advice.

To mobilise the community

  • There is great resource within communities to help and support each other, with local networks and mutual support forums, and through empowering clients to give advice to others.
  • 22,000 volunteers power the work of the Citizens Advice service. Their generosity changes lives and has a huge benefit on health, work and happiness.

If you would like to have your say and support Citizens Advice in our mission to help, sign the pledge!

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