Strapline

A local charity for people who live or work in West Berkshire

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We aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and and to improve the policies and pratices that affect people's lives

We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.

This is Big Energy Savings Week

Big Energy Savings Week aims to help consumers understand their energy needs, cut fuel bills and get the financial support they are entitled to. Citizens Advice is encouraging consumers to see how much they can save by checking their energy costs and switching supplier.

Citizens Advice also has a new, free price comparison tool which is totally independent and includes star ratings for the largest fuel providers.
See energycompare.citizensadvice.org.uk/
For more information, visit www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk or call 03454 04 05 06

How to access advice

  • For generic advice look online at the national Citizens Advice website
  • Drop in to Newbury with new issues Monday and Wednesday See times here
  • Call our advice line 0300 222 5941 See times here
  • Send us your query online here
  • New Contact Point at West Berkshire Council Market St office Weds 9.30-11.30. An advisor will be on hand to give basic information and/or signpost to other organisations. Please note this is not a confidential space.

Do you need to access local care and support systems?

We provide free information and advice about:
- Accessing local care and support
- Choices of local care and support
- Independent financial advice
- Safety or wellbeing concerns

Further information is available here

Comments from clients – December 2017

“Now after CAB I can start to live a normal life again after more than 5 years of misery”

“Without CAB I would still be worrying and unable to sleep as tax credits and their debt collectors kept sending letters demanding that I pay them”

“I was ill, lost my job and home. CAB helped me to get my life back together.”

“I would like to say CAB were my lifesaver. I would be homeless without their help and West Berkshire Council would have had to rehome my children”

Case Studies

A client had a dispute with a contractor over some work which he had carried out for her that cost nearly £3000. The client has been trying to resolve the matter with the contractor for over 6 months with no result. Our adviser contacted the contractor, explaining that he could be deemed to be in breach of contract and the possible consequences to him. He immediately arranged to redo the work.

We supported a client following a split from her husband caused by his domestic violence. She was left with joint debts and had no experience of managing the household budget. We applies for a Debt Relief Order for the client and helped her with her divorce proceedings using Court Nav – a Citizens Advice service, for online completion of divorce petitions.

A client attended an outreach appointment to discuss his and his wife’s debts – they were struggling and very short of money. They are both retired and in very poor health. The team carried out numerous home visits to them and , during the client’s periods of ill health, managed to gain time from her creditors. Our Carers team also became involved and nearly tripled the couple’s income by gaining Attendance Allowance and Pension Credit with a severe Disability Premium for both of them, thereby increasing their income by nearly £450 a week. The clients were extremely grateful and felt that their wellbeing was significantly improved.

Our Clients Say

“Very understanding and patient staff”
“A very professional service”
“easy to access and get good advice”
“good support and advice in individual circumstances’
“helpful and friendly”


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