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Extra Citizens Advice sessions as big Cornish factory closes

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:27pm 21st May 2019.

Citizens Advice is launching extra services in Launceston after a big factory announced it's closing.

Pirate FM told you how Kensey Foods will shut in July.

Based on the Pennygillam Industrial Estate, the firm is one of the biggest employers in the Duchy.

Owned by Samworth Brothers, it produces a wide range of chilled desserts for retailers across the UK.

More than 600 jobs could be lost but bosses say they are doing as much as they can to help those people affected.

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Around 100 workers could be redeployed to The Cornwall Bakery in Callington and officials say they will help staff find other suitable roles too.

Now Citizens Advice Cornwall is planning to expand its services in the area.

The new advice sessions, including appointments for Pension Wise, will take place at The Orchard Centre in Market Street and replaces sessions previously held in the town library.

"This new service will allow us to double the number of advice sessions we can hold in Launceston and adds to our new Help to Claim service for people claiming Universal Credit which is now running at Launceston Job Centre.

"We provide free, independent and impartial advice to everyone on a confidential basis about their problems such as debt, benefits payments, employment, housing, consumer issues and discrimination.

"We are delighted to be able to offer Pension Wise appointments in Launceston for the first time, which will save local people having to travel further for their free appointments."

CA Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin

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Pension Wise is a Government programme offering free and impartial guidance to everyone aged 50 or over about their defined contribution pension options and is delivered by Citizens Advice.

Appointments for advice sessions can be made by texting the word ADVICE to 78866 or by calling 03444-111444 from 10am to 4pm on Mondays to Fridays.

Calls will be charged at the normal rate by your phone provider. For Pension Wise appointments please call 0800-138-3944.

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