Living wage will not solve Fenland’s problems

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The new national living wage announcement made during the Budget may be welcome, but it won’t solve the wide variety of problems faced by many of the people in Fenland.

Citizens Advice Rural Cambs, an independent charity, won’t necessarily solve them either – but its advisers can go a long way to help because their free, confidential and impartial advice is given person-to-person, targeted to address each individual query.

The Citizens Advice national information system is used by the advisers and it is updated to reflect the changes in the rules which affect people’s lives – like those introduced by last week’s Budget.

Oonagh Tucker, Advice Service Leader at the Wisbech office, said: “Everyone has a time in their life when they need the kind of help we can offer.

“I’m concerned that many people are not aware of the range of advice we provide; debt management, benefits, employment, housing, family relationships and consumer advice, to name but a few.

“As part of our confidential service we can also offer assessments to check which benefits are available.

“And we provide a form-filling service to help with disability benefit applications, such as Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance.”

More details of all services and outreach sessions are available from www.ruralcambscab.org.uk

Advice can also be found at www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Call 0344 245 1292