Citizens Advice Halton on hand to help Bargain Booze employees
Hundreds of jobs across the Liverpool City are now at risk following the news that Bargain Booze is set to go into administration. The off-licence chain has around 60 stores across the City region including 6 in Widnes and Runcorn. Local employees facing an uncertain future are being urged to contact the team at Citizens Advice Halton for help to review their finances and avoid getting into a spiral of unmanageable debt.
Hitesh Patel, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Halton said:
“This is a worrying time for employees of Bargain Booze and their families. We offer a range of support to people facing redundancy like money advice, employment rights advice, benefits advice. Last year we helped over 5,000 people and 70% of all enquiries were about money problems or welfare benefits issues. The important thing is to not leave it to the last minute because if you get into a spiral of debt you could risk losing your home or being disconnected.”
Gill Tague, “Better off Finance” officer at Citizens Advice Halton, added:
“Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery and the European Social Fund, we can help people who have been made redundant in a number of ways. We offer support to re-profile household budgets, often saving hundreds of pounds by helping people witch to cheaper gas and electricity suppliers. In partnership with the Womens Organisation we also run confidence building courses and can help people with job search.”
Citizens Advice Halton run an evening advice session every Thursday specifically aimed at people who work during the day and for the next few weeks there will be specialist advisers on hand to help local people who have been made redundant or are at risk of redundancy. Otherwise people can email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0151 257 2449 and leave a message and Citizens Advice Halton will call you back.