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Help with money worries

PUBLISHED: 19:27 18 July 2008 | UPDATED: 20:55 05 July 2010

AS the credit crunch starts to bite more people are finding themselves with money troubles - but help and advice is at hand at a local CAB office.

People living in the Lowestoft and Waveney area are not immune to the pressures and residents can easily get into debt.

AS the credit crunch starts to bite more people are finding themselves with money troubles - but help and advice is at hand at a local CAB office.

People living in the Lowestoft and Waveney area are not immune to the pressures and residents can easily get into debt.

A number of businesses are being set up - both locally and on the internet - offering advice and assistance to debtors but these can make commission charges, adding to the problems people are facing.

The North East Suffolk Citizens' Advice Bureau, however, has experts offering free, confidential and practical help in dealing with debt.

Tina Winney, a debt case worker with the CAB, said: “We want to let everyone know we are here and ready to offer advice and recommend practical steps that people can take when they get into money trouble.”

Specialists with the CAB can deal with all aspects of debt including welfare benefit, housing, repossession and employment.

People are being recommended to visit the CAB at the earliest opportunity after getting into debt although it is stressed that is “never too late” to seek help.

“Some people believe that when bailiffs are involved and they are being threatened with eviction it is too late to seek help.

“We do have good relationships with bailiffs working with local authorities, housing associations

and other landlords so can intervene on people's behalf,” said Ms Winney.

Janet Blowers, administrator with the CAB, said the branch covers a wide area of north Suffolk including Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay and Halesworth.

“The CAB office in Lowestoft is open five days a week and appointments can be made to see debt specialists at Lowestoft or Beccles.

“We cannot stress too much that all our consultations are confidential and free so there is nothing to stop people with money worries getting in touch,” she said.

For free and confidential advice contact the CAB at 36 Gordon Road, Lowestoft, telephone 01502 523172 or e-mail bureau@nesuffolkcab.co.uk

The CAB at Beccles, 12 New Market, telephone 01502 717715, is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 2pm; and the CAB at Bungay, 8 Chaucer Street, telephone 01986 895827, is open Tuesday and Thursday ,10am to 2pm.

Clients will be invited to attend general drop-in sessions at bureaux where they can be assessed and referred to specialists.

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