Welcome to our December newsletter. Christmas is a time for celebration when families traditionally come together. This year is going to be very different with the Government placing Nottinghamshire into Tier 3 of the local COVID-19 restrictions. There is however some cheer to be had as friends and family will be able to come together for a short period during the Christmas break. Details of what is allowed under Tier 3 and the Christmas ‘Bubble’ are detailed below:

Cycling Challenge

Once again we are grateful to the Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Janet Patrick who has chosen us as the Mayor’s Charity. To support Janet’s efforts to raise funds for Citizens Advice our Development Contractor, Neil Clurow, is to embark on an epic cycling challenge. Read about his planned ride and sponsor Neil using the link below. Local businesses are encouraged to sponsor the ride and those that do will be acknowledged on the event page.

The Mayor’s Christmas Appeal

The Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Janet Patrick

Don’t forget also that the Mayor has launched a Christmas appeal. Cllr Janet Patrick says; “Christmas is a time of giving and I am asking you again to show that we are a caring community, and to make sure that no one will go hungry in Broxtowe this Christmas. The idea is to provide those in the greatest need with a Mayor’s Christmas Hamper and shopping vouchers that can be used in local retailers.

National Consumer Week ran from the 16th November. This year it highlighted safe online shopping and problems with deliveries but we also took the opportunity to highlight how to protect your identity online. Read more about National Consumer Week and our online shopping top tips.

With the continuing difficult trading conditions on the high street caused by the pandemic we have seen a number of businesses going into administration including Debenhams and Arcadia. If you have bought an item from a company that has stopped trading read about what to do on our national website, here.

Vacancy – Help to Claim Advisers

We have two vacancies within our Universal Credit, Help to Claim Team. Click here for details and an application form.

Our top tips for Christmas

We know that Christmas can put a significant strain on household finances. Watch the video below to read about our top tips for Christmas and remember, we’re here to help if you’re struggling to pay the bills, especially during these difficult times.

Campaign – extend self-isolation grants

Citizens Advice have launched a national campaign for those that are being asked to stay at home and self-isolate but don’t qualify for the £500 grant. We are asking the Government to look further into the self-isolation grant to support people who are faced with an ‘impossible choice’, self-isolating or paying their bills. The campaign was highlighted in a BBC article.

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