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. […]
More clients have mental health problems. Our advisers are seeing more clients whose problems are compounded (or caused) by a mental health condition. The higher numbers aren’t unexpected. All sides in the public debate accept that professional support is inadequate while the need is growing. In February an independent task force* said: NHS England should plan […]
Important addition to mental health services. Safe Haven Redhill opened earlier this year and filled a large gap in local mental health services. For the first time people experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis can get help and support on evenings, weekends and bank holidays. Carers are welcome too. It’s informal and a lot […]
Needed to prevent service exclusion. Local and national government services must balance their drive for efficiency with an understanding of individual needs. At Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead we meet a steady stream of people whose access to core services is reduced, delayed, or even denied by one-size-fits-all policy*. Those with poor computer skills or access […]
Percentage game. The only housing available to many young professionals costs a prohibitive percentage of their income. This finding, published by The Observer (01/05/16), is a challenge to economic policy as well as the quality of life of those affected. The shortage of affordable accommodation is felt in all parts of the country. Living and working in the prosperous South-east is no protection. […]