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More and more people are encountering problems with their finances due to the current economic climate. We want to do all we can to help.
If you are having problems paying council bills
We can signpost you to local and national agencies that provide free, impartial advice. We’ve included details of other agencies and organisations that can provide help and support.
We can provide information on how you can claim the benefits you may be eligible for - so that you can get the financial support that you’re entitled to. Find out more about housing and council tax benefits.
We can offer general advice on coping during the recession including information on housing, working and family and relationship issues.
The Citizens Advice service can help you resolve legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice
National website http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
Sherwood and Newark Citizens Advice Bureau
5 Forest Court
Tel: 0844 856 3411
Sherwood and Newark CAB will be opening a new office in Newark soon.
Mansfield Citizens Advice Bureau
22 -24 Brunts Business Centre
Samuel Brunts Way
Tel: 0844 856 3411
North Notts Helpline (CAB Telephone Advice) 0300 456 8369
Offers benefits and financial support advice.
Visit their website Directgov financial advice
This is a helpline that provides free, confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. Visit their website www.nationaldebtline.co.uk/
Call 0808 808 4000
Offer free, confidential advice and support to anyone who is worried about debt. Visit the Consumer Credit Counselling service website.
Call 0800 345 4345.
Debt Advice Foundation is a registered national debt advice charity offering free, impartial support and advice to anyone worried about debt. Visit the Debt Advice Foundation website. Call 0800 043 4050.
Give general advice for young people, including a useful section on home, law and money. Visit the website.
Provide free and confidential information and advice on benefits, grants, managing money and redundancy. Also includes an online benefits calculator to work out what you could claim. For more details visit the turn2us website or telephone 0808 802 2000 Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm.
Newark and Sherwood District Council are working in partnership with Nottingham Credit Union to establish credit union services in the district. Nottingham Credit Union is a co-operative not for profit organisation, that supports low income and financially vulnerable people and communities across Nottinghamshire.
By providing access to fair, affordable, ethical financial products and services, households have a choice and no longer need to enter into agreements with high cost credit providers when seeking a loan to help them with essential spending needs.
Further information can be found on the Nottingham Credit Union website.
Newark and Sherwood District Council are now working in partnership with Mansfield District Council to deliver a fresh way of meeting housing need across both districts.
The MARS scheme (Multi Agency Rented Solutions) has been operating in Mansfield since 2007 and has achieved great success and national recognition in that time.
The award winning scheme links landlords with good quality properties to rent with people in need of housing. A consultation exercise with landlords has been carried out which identified that landlords would like the council to provide a tenant finding service, we are pleased to meet this need.
The Council will offer the tenant finder scheme (free of charge) by assessing all applicants before they are accepted onto the scheme and offering continuous support to ensure that the tenancy runs as smoothly as possible, delivering affordable housing in the private rented sector.
The scheme provides landlords with ongoing advice and guidance via a dedicated landlord liaison service. Benefits of the scheme include access to rent in advance payments for low income households through Nottingham Credit Union and a bond guarantee up to the value of £750 to cover rent arrears or property damage through the councils Bond Guarantee Scheme.
The Housing Options Team at Newark and Sherwood are very excited to be working with Mansfield DC to deliver the MARS scheme into the area through a one year pilot initially. This is a great opportunity for both private landlords and households in need of housing to ensure that affordable housing can be sought for a tenant and landlords will feel supported, ensuring that long term housing can be sustained for both.
Nottinghamshire County Council has set up the Nottinghamshire Welfare Assistance Fund (NWAF) to provide emergency financial support to people who cannot get help from anywhere else.
Situations the fund can help with include:
The fund does not cover:
To apply you must be:
For more information about NWAF and how to apply visit Nottinghamshire County Council website
Newark and Sherwood District Council