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When bills start piling up and multiplying, vague fears can turn into a paralysing panic for people experiencing money troubles. Turn to Citizens Advice, which has eighty years of experience in pulling people back from precipices. Your burden might seem overwhelming and impossible to resolve but in reality there is a lot you can do to turn things around.
Start by assembling your bills and make an overall list, with relevant details like dates when payment is due. Sort the bills into priority debts (rent and mortgage arrears, Council Tax, gas and electricity, tax and National Insurance – and see https://www.citizensadvice.org/debt-and-money for a complete list) and non-priority debts (water rates – your supplier can't cut you off – credit card debts, unsecured loans, hire purchases etc). Take the priority debts first and contact your creditors. Don't be afraid of this step. Many companies will be expecting you to get in touch, saying on the bill itself "We know that paying a bill can be difficult" or "Affected by Covid-19?" - and providing a telephone number or web link. Approach them with a constructive attitude, tell them you are actively tackling your debts, and perhaps ask them to suspend interest charges while you do so. They also might be amenable to letting you defer payment or pay smaller amounts over a longer time period. Ask about any special reductions – for example, the Warm Home Discount Scheme for electricity supplies (see www.gov.uk for more information). More »
If you need to compose a letter or email to a creditor, you don't have to start from scratch: you could copy or adapt a template letter from the Citizens Advice website. One especially useful letter asks creditors to give you more time.
If your circumstances have changed you might be able to claim benefits, or extra benefits. Citizens Advice runs a Help to Claim programme (call 0800 144 8444) and can guide you through all the stages. The Turn2us website at https://www.turn2us.org.uk will tell you what benefits you might be able to claim, and has details of grants available to those on low incomes.
If you have an overdraft, talk to your bank. In the coronavirus age many banks are making concessions and charging no interest on overdrafts up to a certain amount. Contact your district council about a possible Council Tax reduction. And think creatively about ways of increasing your income. Could you rent out a spare room in your house, for instance?
Talk to a volunteer at Citizens Advice (call Adviceline free on 0800 278 7907, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm) or through webchat ("chat with us online about debt") Monday to Friday 8 am to 7 pm. Appointments in person are not available at present. » Less
Posted: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 13:24 by Chelsey Lordan
If you would like to see an all ages and all abilities bike park in Didcot, then you can sign the petition here.
Posted: Thu, 18 Feb 2021 17:54 by Chelsey Lordan
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE INVITED FOR THE FUTURE OCCUPATION OF THE WILLOWBROOK BUILDING, BOWMONT WATER, OFF AVON WAY, LADYGROVE, DIDCOT OX11 7AF
Didcot Town Council is now gathering expressions of interest and outline business proposals for the future occupation of the Willowbrook building. Willowbrook is a centre located in the Ladygrove area of Didcot. The Centre was built in 2002 and contains the following areas: More »
- Sports Hall (the size of four badminton courts and high ceilings)
- Fitness Suite (space for 30 – 35 stations and floor to ceiling mirrors)
- Small Hall (currently divided into two rooms with mirrors)
- Meeting room with separate toilets, office, store room and access to shared kitchen facilities
- Café with seating area
- Foyer and reception area
- Offices off the reception
- Indoor changing rooms
- External changing rooms (one set used exclusively by Didcot Town Football Club)
- Disabled access
- Free level parking shared with the Football Club
The building is ideal for use as a leisure centre with gym facilities; space for social activities and a wide range of sports programmes.
A public consultation is due to commence shortly with the residents of Didcot on their preferred future use of the building.
Expressions of interest and outline business proposals are now sought to enable the Town Council to engage with constructive conversations regarding the various options available for the future use of this building.
Please contact the Town Clerk in the first instance with your proposals:
Mrs Janet Wheeler – Town Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer
Posted: Wed, 03 Feb 2021 13:01 by Chelsey Lordan