“At continued risk of economic shock. Unable to plan for the future.” Sometimes plain words in a report show more than statistics. These chilling phrases summarise the lives of many individuals and families. National research commissioned by Citizens Advice asked people what in their lives made them feel secure. 93% said an income they could rely on […]
Reducing financial exclusion. Many bankers would privately admit that people with few assets or low incomes make less attractive customers than their better-heeled neighbours. Understandable? Yes but unhelpful to those who find it hard to make ends meet. Banks have provided basic accounts for years. Unfortunately they often had strings attached and weren’t suitable for those who needed […]
Credit policy. True or false: banks and other lenders offer a good service to customers in financial difficulty? This summer Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead and other CABs are looking at the evidence. A positive credit score is a normal part of a secure and happy life. But getting one can be an uphill task for people on low […]
Talking about abuse. Domestic abuse is a prevalent crime and shocking fact of life in our county and country. Estimates are 1 in 4 women, 1 in 6 men suffer at some point in their lives. On average 2 women a week are killed by their partners. Behind Closed Doors, this week’s conference to raise […]
Latest bulletin from our friends at Trading Standards. Epsom fraud conviction National Scam Trap 2-week campaign from Monday 23 May Cybercriminals target Olympic sports fans Theatre ticket scammers on Facebook Text message fraud – premium rate charges Recalls: Lidl, Costco, Vauxhall….more Consumer news.
On the money. There’s a ‘Great Divide’ between financial insiders and outsiders. So said Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane* last week (pic FT.com). And so say us at Citizens Advice. A lot needs to happen. Mr Haldane points to last year’s Bank Open Forum (attended by Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead) showing a more […]
Citizens Advice service supports community rehabilitation. In the Queen’s Speech the government sets out far-reaching prison reform. There will be robust debate in the House and country about their merit and viability. At Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead we believe wider discussion and public understanding will benefit a service we support in a variety of ways. […]