If you’re worried about money, it’s important to know that you are not alone. One in three people are so worried about money it damages their mental health. The stress can also mean they avoid, or delay getting help. This is why the City Council is running a campaign urging people to talk about money and seek help early, before financial problems build up. My message is clear: don’t feel awkward talking about money – try to talk about it openly and honestly. Help is there for you.
The Council’s 2018 Citizen Survey found that 22% of people in Nottingham struggle to keep up with their bills and 38% of people do not know where to get financial advice from. The last nine years have seen rising living costs, stagnant wages and changes to welfare that have hit many people in our city very hard. To give one example, since the introduction of Universal Credit rent arrears amongst Nottingham City Homes tenants has risen from £139,000 to £1,374,326.64 between October 2018 and October 2019.
It is all the more important though that if you need help, you get it. The Council offers a range of services to do just that. Advice Nottingham Centres are located across the city: in Bestwood, Clifton, The Meadows, St Ann’s and in the city centre. Welfare Rights Advice sessions are also run at convenient locations across the city and home visits can be arranged. Nottingham City Council Welfare Rights can be contacted on 0115 915 1355 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a part of our Money Advice campaign we have also organised free drop-in sessions in Dales and Bilborough where people will be able to access advice on welfare, privately rented properties, NCH, energy bills and any other financial support you may need.
If you or anyone you know needs an informal chat and cup of tea with friendly advisers then please come along:
Join us in Bilborough on:
- Saturday 23 November – 10am – 12noon at Bilborough Library on Bracebridge Drive
- Wednesday 27 November – 10am – 12noon at Bilborough Library on Bracebridge Drive
Or in Sneinton on:
- Monday 25 November – 4pm – 5pm at The Dales Centre, Sneinton Dale
- Saturday 30 November – 10.30am – 11.30am at The Dales Centre, Sneinton Dale
Please also visit the Ask Lion website for more information – www.asklion.co.uk/money