Citizens Advice Sutton is collecting evidence of the financial difficulties faced by working carers. If you are a working carer and would like to contribute to this research and support a possible campaign to persuade the government to introduce a Universal Credit Work Allowance for Carers, please get in touch with Citizens Advice Sutton online at www.suttonalps.org.uk or phone us 020 8405 3552.
On Tuesday 4th May 2021, the new Breathing Space and Mental Health Crisis Debt Respite Schemes came into effect. Breathing Space is a new scheme that gives people temporary protection from most types of debt collection while they work with a debt adviser. People need to apply through a debt adviser, such as a member of the Citizens Advice Sutton debt advice team, for sixty days’ Breathing Space.
Fraudsters are using new scams related to the Covid pandemic to target vulnerable people on their doorstep. It has heard of people claiming to be from local NHS services offering fast-track testing and vaccines, selling vitamin pills that supposedly protect against Covid, and collecting donations for fake charities. Rogue traders have also used the pandemic as an opportunity to revive traditional doorstep scams such as offering building, gardening or home improvement services that they overcharge for or never complete. Understanding doorstep scams.
The objective is to raise awareness of the importance of appliance registration for both new and in-use household appliances, whilst highlighting the practical value of the registermyappliance.org.uk portal for doing this.
Brits are being urged not to fall for fake holiday scams as criminals try to con
people out of thousands of pounds. It comes as excitement starts to build over the new traffic light system that is expected to come into place later this year. Please look at this for more details.