Friday 23 August 2019
A report by the Children’s Commissioner has revealed that there are more than 210,000 homeless young people in England, some of them are living in shipping containers.
One in eight employers still hesitate over hiring women they think might get pregnant
Huff Post, 22/08/2019, Sophie Gallagher
The Huff Post has featured our advice on what constitutes discrimination when you’re pregnant or on maternity leave.
The website was reporting on a survey of employers showing one in eight would still think twice about hiring a woman who they thought might have children.
Advice on our website about pregnancy and maternity discrimination can be found here.
Bank holiday working rights: Can your boss force you to work the bank holiday?
Express Online, 21/08/2019, Emily Ferguson
Our website advice about employment rights around bank holidays was featured in the Express Online.
“If your place of work is closed on bank holidays, your employer can make you take them as part of your annual leave entitlement,” it read.
“Some employers might give you bank holidays off and pay you for them on top of your annual leave entitlement. This will be outlined in your contract.”
Queen of the Bargains
Women’s Own, 26/08/2019, p40, Rebecca Gamble
Our figures on the number of people who came to us for advice on guarantor loans was featured in the Queen of Bargains feature in Women’s Own.
The news in brief revealed that we helped 3,000 people last year with guarantor loan issues.
The Sun, 18/08/2019, p38, Daniel Jones
Our research that shows people with mental health problems pay an extra £1,550 a year for household bills was featured in a story in The Sun on Sunday.
The article focused on Virgin Media’s pledge to move “vulnerable” customers onto cheaper deals. The company said it has 100,000 customers who have an illness or issue that affects their ability to stay on top of their bills.
‘Clients will benefit from a greater range of services’
Bury Times, 19/08/2019, Rosalyn Roden
Richard Wilkinson, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Bury and Bolton, spoke to the Times about the benefits the new merger between Citizens Advice in the two towns will bring to people.
The story reports that since December last year, the number of employees across both sites has almost doubled, following three successful tenders and the expansion of services.
“One of the key drivers for the merger was enabling services that previously only took place in one location to be rolled out across both areas,” he said. “Clients will be able to benefit from a greater range of services.
“This expansion is due to the success of three tenders, which will enable us to support EU nationals, as well as deliver specialist immigration advice and help people with universal credit.”
More than 1,000 people become insolvent in Stoke-on-Trent in one year
Stoke Sentinel, 20/08/2019, Phil Corrigan
Simon Harris, the Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Staffordshire North and Stoke-on-Trent, spoke to the Sentinel about the growing number of insolvencies in the city.
He said the rising rate is not necessarily bad news.
“It shows that more people are taking steps to manage their debt problems. We have seen more people make use of debt relief orders, which is a positive step. For people on a low income, DROs are a relatively quick and simple way to deal with their debt.
“Ideally though, you’d rather not be in that situation in the first place.
“Household debt in Stoke-on-Trent is not getting better, but the problem is changing. It used to be that people would get in a lot of debt due to a big trigger event, such as losing their job, or a bereavement.
“Now we are finding that more people have smaller levels of debt, which is the result of them not being able to make ends meet because of low income.”
Gambling addict who hid £60k debt from pregnant wife shares his story
Derby Telegraph, 19/08/2019, Rhea Turner
Greg Stenson, the Project lead for the Gambling Support Service at Citizens Advice South Derbyshire and City, spoke to the Telegraph about problem gambling.
The service in Derby is one of 10 in England and Wales run by local Citizens Advice with funding from Gamble Aware.
“Gambling is getting more and more prevalent in society and we are trying to get people talking about it. We need to break the stigma,” he said.
“It can affect people of all ages and people on low income or high income and there has been a shift in the way people gamble.
“You don’t have to walk into a bookies now to put down a bet, it is even easier to do it on your mobile phone.”
In other news
Microplastics have been found in UK tap water.
Plans to cut off free movement have alarmed EU nationals.
Ofgem has launched an investigation after National Grid said lightning strikes could have caused the major power cut that affected parts of the country earlier this month.
Student loan overpayments worth £28m are going unclaimed.