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Universal Credit Advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice boosts help for Universal Credit claimants

Citizens Advice has designed a new service to help you and speed things up if you are claiming Universal Credit for the first time but having problems with the application.

The “Help to Claim” service will be available in England from 1 April 2019 over the telephone, face to face, and online through “webchat” and Internet content.

We can advise on your eligibility, set up an email address or Universal Credit account, fill in the initial application form, get access to a computer, or arrange advance payments. We can also help you by ensuring that the right evidence is submitted with your form. And if you only need minimal help with your application, Citizens Advice can provide tips if you get stuck.

As part of its normal service, Citizens Advice also supports people who are already receiving Universal Credit.

The national Freephone number for Help to Claim is 0800 144 8444. Telephone and webchat services are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

For any other issues you might need help with, please telephone the Citizens Advice Adviceline on 03 444 111 444.

Come and see us in person if you prefer.

You can visit CAB in Faringdon at the The Pump House every Wednesday:

  • drop in 10am to 11am
  • appointments 11am to 12pm.

For other locations of offices and opening hours see

Less than 1% of Councillors are Under 25 – Lets change that!

The National Association of Local Councils’ (NALC) Councillor Census Survey found that of the 100,000 councillors serving local (parish and town) councils, there are only 700 councillors (0.7%) aged 25 or below.

NALC has challenged local councils to be more representative of the communities they serve and get closer to the national average, which sits at 10.2%. NALC’s election campaign aims to help local councils engage with young people to encourage them to stand for election in May 2019.

Cllr Sue Baxter, chairman of NALC, said: “There is a clear challenge for the sector when it comes to making local politics appealing to youngsters. We want local councils to get better at engaging with them by making the process of getting involved easier and more accessible. We believe this will help make the next generation of community champions rise to the challenge and make a difference locally.”

Lets change things here in Faringdon. Are you under 25 or do you know someone under 25 who would make a good councillor? Please get in touch – Tel:01367240281

or visit…/become-a-councillor/