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Citizens Advice Cornwall provides support for former Flybe staff

Citizens Advice Cornwall provides support for former Flybe staff

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 11:55am 16th March 2020. (Updated at 11:57am 16th March 2020)

Citizens Advice Cornwall is providing dedicated help for former Flybe employees who have been affected by the airline's collapse.

Nearly 1,400 jobs were put at risk when the Exeter-based airline went into administration last month.

Flybe operated 65 percent of Newquay airport's flights and all of those were grounded.

Now help is being offered in the Duchy to those who may be affected.

"We have former Flybe employees in our community and we are here to help them with free, independent advice. 

"We've put dedicated resources in place to ensure we can help anyone who needs assistance. This includes helping anyone who needs to make their first Universal Credit claim through our Help to Claim service."

Citizens Advice Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin

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Staff who have decided they need benefits can now access Citizens Advice's Help to Claim service.

Citizens Advice's advisers are on standby to help people make their first Universal Credit claim. This may include assistance with the online application form, preparing for a work coach appointment and checking if your first payment is correct. Help is available face to face, over the phone and online through webchat and advice content.
 
Flybe employees can call  0800 144 8 444 for help from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

"This will be a very anxious time for Flybe staff. We advise them to check with the administrator and their union about whether they should go to work.

"The uncertainty in situations like this can be very frustrating. It can help to "get your ducks in a row" as they say: find out all the information you can, gather any financial evidence you may need to claim benefits and inform your mortgage company."

Citizens Advice Senior Employment Specialist, Tracey Moss

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Citizens Advice offices in the region are also seeing an upturn in the number of customers seeking advice with the collapse of Flybe.

A warning is also going out about scams doing the rounds, targeting those affected by the Flybe collapse.

"Flybe customers who bought tickets directly from the company won't be protected by the ATOL scheme. However, if you went through a travel agent or other third party you may be covered. Some people may be able to get their money back if they paid by credit card.

"If people have accommodation booked they should check the terms and conditions to see if they can get a refund. If they can afford to pay for another flight, it's also worth checking if they can alter the dates.

"Unfortunately, we've found that in these situations scammers quickly jump on the bandwagon. If you're a Flybe customer and you're contacted by someone offering to act for you to recover your money it's more than likely to be a scam."

Senior Consumer Expert at Citizens Advice, Jan Carton

You can find advice on scams on the Citizens Advice website here.

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