FREE ADVICE TO EASE PERSONAL DEBT PROBLEMS.
HELP is at hand for people in Nuneaton and Bedworth, who are facing problems of debt, housing, employment and family issues.
A scheme has been launched, with the help of a pounds 500,000 Big Lottery grant, to offer free legal advice available at Citizen Advice offices throughout the area.
The Legal Advice Warwickshire Partnership will provide a co-ordinated general and specialist legal advice service for local people who are experiencing a range of personal difficulties.
Advice face-to-face, over the telephone or by email, plus information on the internet at the LAW website - www.legaladvicewarwickshire.gov.uk - will be given in the first instance and, if necessary, the case can be transferred seamlessly to a LAW partner organisation for more in-depth help.
CAB district manager David Gooding said: "We are seeing unprecedented demand for our services from people suffering the effect of the economic downturn and by working together we can increase access to advice services and get people to receive the best source of help with the minimum of inconvenience."
He added that the LAW scheme could become the first port of call of choice for residents who need advice on issues concerning social welfare law. The partnership will work towards legal advice services being made available consistently across the county.
Plans to recruit and train more volunteer general advisers and to develop electronic referral links between partner organisations and other community groups are also in the pipeline. This will further increase access to legal advice services across the county and ensure people can access the appropriate help when and where they need it.
Partners in the scheme include LDJ Solicitors, Warwickshire Trading Standards, Coventry and Warwickshire Family Mediation Service, Doorway, Warwickshire Employment Rights Service, Warwickshire Race Equality Partnership and Warwickshire Welfare Rights Advice Service.
UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND: David Gooding