The financial hardship caused by Covid-19 is impacting on the people in our community. We are aware that this is likely to worsen for some people if they face redundancy or continued reduced income. On July 1st energy companies will be able to chase for arrears and, whilst other restrictions of creditors taking action for debts remain under control, this will change. It is therefore a good time for people who are struggling with their finances to seek advice and support. At Citizens Advice Leiston we have two Covid funds we can use to help people in our community who have been financially impacted by Covid:
- Covid Energy Fund where we can help clients manage their energy bills whether gas, electricity or oil
- Covid Secondary School Uniform fund where we can help people with the cost of secondary school uniforms
We have also been working with East Suffolk Council on a campaign to encourage people to seek advice and support if they are struggling. East Suffolk Council has issued a press release (attached) and has organised a social media campaign. The first post is available to read via this link. Kind regards Chiara SaundersChief Officer
Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on many people’s lives, including financially. If you’re worried about your finances – whether you have already been affected by the situation, or you’re worried you will be in the future – don’t worry alone!
Free, confidential support is available from East Suffolk’s three Citizens Advice services, who can help you deal with money matters. To talk to someone, call 0330 107 5627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Monday – Friday between 9.30am – 4pm. Leiston, Saxmundham & District Citizens Advice