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Over 800 people in Cornwall ask for help amid Covid-19 crisis

Over 800 people in Cornwall ask for help amid Covid-19 crisis

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:01am 19th April 2020.

It has been revealed that 881 people across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have called Citizens Advice for help during the coronavirus crisis.

That was how many requests for help were made across the Duchy between the 16th March and 14th April alone.

The top issues that people came to Citizens Advice Cornwall were:

  • Universal Credit – 29%
  • Other benefits and tax credits – 19%
  • Debt – 16%
  • Employment – 11%
  • Financial services and capability – 6%
  • Other issues – 19%

People in Cornwall who need help can still turn to Citizens Advice for guidance and information during the coronavirus restrictions, says the charity’s Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin: 

"We’ve spoken to members of the public about a wide range of issues....Cornwall already suffers from low pay and a high level of job insecurity because of heavy reliance on seasonal tourism work so the current restrictions are causing great anxiety for many people, especially the self-employed, business owners and vulnerable members of our community.”

            Gill Pipkin, CEO Citizens Advice Cornwall 

How to contact Citizens Advice: 

Although local CA offices are closed during the coronavirus restrictions, members of the public can still obtain advice via phone, text or webchat as our advisers are still working from home.

Services cover a wide range of advice, including benefits, debt, housing, employment and relationship issues.

To access advice:

Text ADVICE to 78866 or for debt issues text DEBT to 78866. We’ll call you back within 48 hours (excluding weekends).

Call the team on 03444-111444 Mondays to Fridays from 10am to 4pm.

You can find the latest up-to-date information on a wide range of subjects such as debt, benefits, income, housing, rent and employment at www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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