Take control of your finances

After the expensive Christmas period, January can often be associated with tighter budgets and financial worry. To help residents get their finances back on track, Elmbridge Borough Council and Citizens Advice Elmbridge West and Esher & District are working in partnership to provide drop-in sessions within the Centres for the Community.

Figures for 2018 found that Elmbridge residents are likely to contact the Citizens Advice service for monetary issues such as benefits advice, debt and tax credits. These trends highlight the importance of free drop-in sessions, as the service can help people make financial decisions for the year ahead. Each appointment is tailored to individual need and aims to support people who are experiencing a variety of financial and personal difficulties.

Margaret Bourne, Chief Executive for Citizens Advice Elmbridge (West), comments: “Citizens Advice host drop-ins from the Centres of the Community across Elmbridge, seeing clients who are facing a wide range of different issues. If you would like to find out how we can help you, please get in touch”.

The drop-in sessions take place within the Centres listed below at the following times:

Cobham Centre for the Community, Oakdene Road, Cobham, KT11 2LY
Every Wednesday from 10am-1pm

Hersham Centre for the Community, Queens Road, Hersham, KT12 5LU
Every Wednesday from 10am-12 noon

Weybridge Centre for the Community, Churchfield Place, Weybridge, KT13 8BZ
For general enquiries: Thursday from 10am-12pm
Older People’s Advisory Service: Monday and Friday, 9:30-12pm

Walton Centre for the Community, Manor Road, Walton, KT12 2PB
First Tuesday of the month from 10am-12pm

Councillor Andrew Burley, the Portfolio Holder for Community & Social Affairs, comments: “For many people across the Borough, the New Year can be a struggle financially. Our free Citizens Advice drop-in sessions give residents the chance to speak to an Adviser face-to-face without having to book an appointment in advance. If you are looking for financial information and support this year, I would encourage you to have a chat with one of the Advisers”.  

The Citizens Advice service provides a range of free, confidential and impartial advice on concerns such as debt issues, welfare benefits, housing, employment and personal matters.

For more information on the Citizens Advice drop-in sessions please visit the Centres for the Community webpages, or alternatively please contact a member of the Community Support Services team on 01372 474 556. 

Date published: 21 January 2019

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