Callous crime. Disabled people who rely on special parking zones are increasingly falling victim to a crime that can leave them house-bound and isolated. Government figures* profiled last month show theft of blue parking badges almost tripled in a year. Some 2.4 million people use blue badges allocated by local authorities. Thieves steal the badges […]
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Grant application success. A team led by Citizens Advice Reigate & Banstead has been awarded funding to develop new ways of helping people faced with the sudden death of a close friend or family member. Citizens Advice colleagues across the county with support from Surrey County Council Public Health will work on a blueprint that […]
Helping us understand. What’s it like to live with dementia? Our Redhill volunteers heard today from a fellow volunteer, Debbie Self at Dementia Friends. We couldn’t have been in better hands. The main aim of Dementia Friends is that people learn a little more and find active ways to help however small. And Debbie’s session at our summer meeting was light-hearted and very informative. 850,000 people* in […]
Turning savings into savings. We now know many people are using the right to access their pensions mainly to wrest control of their savings from the pensions industry. How else to account for research showing a third of people have transferred pension savings into a personal bank account? Life after pension choices * should make the industry and its […]
Increase in unfair treatment. Visits to the pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work pages of the Citizens Advice website DOUBLED in the past year. This remarkable statistic is revealed in Sharp practice at work: maternity rights, Citizens Advice insight on the top four types of unfair treatment at work and what can be done about them. […]
Latest News. Disabled people in Surrey have a great advocate in the Surrey Coalition. Higher charges for adult social care, NHS information standards, mental health updates, comprehensive member news – all this and much more in the new issue of Coalition News. Lots of newsletters claim to be “packed with information”. This one really is (without […]
Banstead Visit. We were pleased to welcome Councillor Keith Foreman to our Banstead office last week. As Deputy Mayor Cllr Foreman was keen to learn about the most common problems facing people who come to the bureau. Housing (particularly private sector rentals) is currently top of the list followed by benefits, debt, employment and consumer questions. Cllr Foreman, who is known for his […]