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Out and about-virtually-in Westminster

Citizens Advice Westminster has been out and about – virtually, of course– in Westminster speaking to residents and stakeholders on key issues such as debt, benefits and housing. Advice Partnership Supervisor Adam Zaki took part in the first ever Westminster City Council’s virtual leaseholder conference on 17 October. The event was opened by David Harvey, council member for […]

Housing crisis for Westminster residents

          The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a huge surge in the number of people unable to pay their housing bills, with rent and mortgage arrears mounting, and many people facing eviction and homelessness once lockdown relief measures come to an end.   “ I am seeing a rising tide of […]

Winning year for licensing project

Westminster Citizens Advice’s unique licensing project, funded by Westminster City Council, has had another winning year with 178 new enquiries opened in 2020, compared to 163 the previous year.  Licensing solicitor Richard Brown represented residents at 39 hearings; advised on 19 cases where representations were withdrawn following agreement with the applicant; and dealt with a further […]

EU Nationals Advice Service

A new  advice service  and helpline is now open for EU nationals living in Westminster. Funded by Westminster City Council, the service will ensure that the 30,000 EU nationals living in the borough get the best advice about the EU Settlement Scheme. The helpline will operate on Tuesday and Thursday mornings specifically for EU queries, and […]

New year, new challenges

Happy New Year and welcome to the Winter 2020/21 edition of Focus. This time last year we returned to work with no idea of how our personal and working lives would be disrupted, and for such a long period. I said in my December message that we should look forward to the “new different”, but […]

Looking forward to the new “different”

As we approach the end of this year, there are sure to be many reflections on what we have lived through.   We have already had the chance in our annual report and at the AGM to look back over 2020. We have seen that we have served many clients and played a vital role […]

Five top tips to avoid a Christmas debt hangover!

Christmas is a time of giving, but you don’t want to give yourself a headache in the New Year with bills and debts you can’t afford. It’s all too easy to overspend as there are tempting offers and pressures to buy, so it’s a good idea to decide how much you can afford before you […]

Covid-19: Seven things to check if you’re at risk of redundancy

Worried about losing your job or want to check the details of the new government job support scheme? Citizens Advice Westminster has already dealt with over 500 employment issues for clients seeking our help since 23 March and the start of lockdown, with staggering percentage increases during the pandemic in the top issues of: Redundancy […]

Delivering services for clients during Covid lockdown

Dee Conaghan, Trustee Board Chair, describes how Citizens Advice Westminster has responded to the challenges of maintaining service delivery in a virtual world. “This has been a period of intense change and challenge. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, like so many organisations, charities and businesses, we ceased our face-to -face work, and by […]

Employment and redundancy top concerns for Westminster residents

Employment Adviser and Policy and Campaigns Coordinator, Brenda Smith describes what it has been like for her to gear up to deal with the influx of job-related enquiries arising from the Covid-19 crisis. “I was on leave in Colombia at the beginning of March so the first I heard about the coronavirus crisis was a […]

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