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Citizens Advice Halton – We Are Here To Help


Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 may have now ended but local charity Citizens Advice Halton is still urging people who are worried and feeling stressed about their finances and paying their bills to get in touch for support and advice.

Last year we helped over 1,600 local people who were struggling to pay their bills and falling into debt.  Over 50% of whom had Council Tax arrears or rent arrears, both classed as priority debts because you risk being imprisoned or losing your home through eviction.

Hitesh Patel, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Halton, said:

“53% of our service users told us they were disabled or suffered from a long term health condition. We all know that debt and money worries can take a massive toll on people’s health and wellbeing but the good news is that last year 3 in 5 people said that they felt better able to manage their mental health after getting advice.   So our message is clear, don’t wait until your feel you’re drowning in debt, get advice now.”

 

Andy O’Neill, Specialist Advice Co-ordinator, added:

“We have a team of qualified Money Advice caseworkers who can offer a fast-track service to help local people get their finances and household budgets back on an even keel.

“And thanks to funding from the European Social Fund and Big Lottery, we also have a team of Financial Capability workers and th

rough our “Better Off Finance” project we can support people to learn money saving tips like how to switch utility suppliers, which just on its own often saves households £300 a year.  That project also offers employability support for people wanting to enter the job market and bespoke confidence building courses to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.”


Anyone needing advice from Citizens Advice Halton should either email advice@citizensadvicehalton.org.uk or ring 0151 257 2449 and leave a message.

We aim to respond to all debt enquiries within 24 working hours.