Island pulls together to help those in greatest need…

Island organisations have quickly pulled together to organise an event this Saturday 29th January (2011) to help those suffering the effects of the recession. The event at Newport’s Riverside Centre will see local charities, the Citizens Advice Bureau, the Warmahome team, Job Centre plus, HMRC, the Isle of Wight Council and the Marston Group (bailiffs) all on hand to give guidance to the public on help available.

The free event will run from 9am to 1pm and will have experts on hand to talk with those attending.

Alan Wood of the Marston Group, who are one of the sponsors the event, said..

‘ There is a lot of help available. People facing debt can get free advice on how to cope with their situation and plan for the future. Ignoring financial problems will not make them go away…now is the time to get some free guidance on how to sort out these problems…

Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust said..

“…People of pensionable age can get free loft and cavity insulation – which can save around £200 per year on their fuel bills…others on low income can also benefit from this offer..”

CAB and HMRC staff will be at the event giving advice on allowances and benefits available. On the Island every year millions of pounds are left unclaimed by those in the greatest need.

Everyone attending will be given a fee TV powerdown worth £10. Details of free home energy visits and information on low-interest loans will also be made available.