Use the CAB for ev­ery­thing from A to Z

North Waikato News - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK -

We may live in the dig­i­tal age with in­for­ma­tion mostly at hand but we still need vi­tal help and ad­vice from agen­cies like the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau, writes

can’t af­ford the le­gal fees, the CAB can be help­ful for you too.

Free le­gal ser­vices are few and far be­tween, but the CAB works with lo­cal le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers to en­sure that ev­ery­one can be fairly rep­re­sented if they need to be.

Bal­anc­ing ex­penses ver­sus in­come is an art many peo­ple strug­gle with, and most CABs have a close re­la­tion­ship with bud­get­ing ser­vices in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The same goes with emer­gency food aid, so if you or an­other fam­ily in your neigh­bour­hood need a hand with the day-to-day, con­fi­den­tial as­sis­tance from your lo­cal food bank isn’t far away.

Maybe you’re strug­gling with your boss or think you’ve been un­fairly dis­missed from your job.

Ask your lo­cal CAB for spe­cial­ist ad­vice on em­ploy­ment is­sues. Some also pre­sent clin­ics on CV writ­ing, ca­reers coun­selling and prepar­ing for an in­ter­view.

And if you’re stuck with con­sumer is­sues like buy­ing and sell­ing cars, ap­ply­ing for a loan, or deal­ing with scams or misrepresentation, some CABs can help with these is­sues too.

Of course, don’t for­get that your neigh­bours might be able to help too. You never know; you might un­know­ingly live right next door to a JP! Just ask around on Neigh­

The Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau is there to help with forms for ev­ery sit­u­a­tion.

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