Citizens Advice

Advisers see increasing calls for help on job losses

Cumbria's seeing an increasing number of redundancies, according to advisers at the Citizens Advice Carlisle and Eden.

It's in line with national statistics released by the Office for National statistics today, showing about 695,000 UK workers have been removed from the payrolls of British companies since March.

Andy Auld from Citizens Advice says the information he sees shows employers have no choice.

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We've already seen a large spike in people asking us for help with redundancies over the past few months, but what we're find is that a lot of these redundancies are fair and genuine because of the impact of the pandemic on both large and small businesses.

Andy Auld

Citizens Advice head calls for rent freeze to continue

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The head of Citizens Advice Jersey has said rent rises in the island should remain frozen until the end of the year.

Emergency laws agreed by the government earlier this year stopped landlords from putting up rents during the coronavirus pandemic.

The changes also prevented people from being evicted while their jobs were under threat.

Malcolm Ferey said extending the temporary powers beyond October would be a "sensible approach" to ensure people have the time to reassess their situation following the crisis.

Boost of £250,000 for Essex Citizens Advice

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The Citizens Advice network in Essex is getting £250,000 of funding to help it provide help to individuals and small businesses during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Each year, local Citizens Advice supports thousands of people in financial difficulty and this has increasingly included sole traders and small business owners

Most businesses in Essex are small - 91% have between one and nine employees.

The funding from Essex County Council will help Citizens Advice provide support and legal advice in areas such as employment advice to small businesses.

Surge in help sought from Citizens Advice

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More than 500 people in the Tunbridge Wells area have sought help from Citizens Advice since lockdown began

The number of people who have contacted Citizens Advice in the Tunbridge Wells area about Universal Credit has risen by 50% since lockdown began, the charity said.

The charity said its advisers have helped more than 500 people from the early stages of making their Universal Credit claim through to the first payment.

Citizens Advice has seen record-breaking demand for help in what has been described as Britain’s – and the world’s – greatest challenge since it first opened more than 80 years ago.

Chief executive Liz de Villiers said:"Since the beginning of lockdown, Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells and district have helped over 500 people in our area to make a claim for Universal Credit. Our team of advisers may be working from home but we are still here to help."

Citizens Advice in Oxfordshire sees record-breaking demand

Its website had 2.2 million views last week, up 50% from the same time last year.

Oxfordshire residents are going online and calling helplines to find out information about the impact of the coronavirus.

The biggest increase in views was on a page offering advice on what to do if you cannot afford to top up your prepayment meter.

The popularity of pages on redundancy pay and universal credit also revealed many are worried about the possibility of going into debt.

Citizens advice said it is still running for everyone across Oxfordshire and that its website and helpline are available despite the high demand.

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