Drop-in ser­vice for down­turn vic­tims

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

A NEW style of ser­vice to help the ris­ing num­bers of peo­ple hav­ing their homes re­pos­sessed or be­ing hit by the credit crunch is about to be launched.

From next Mon­day, Ash­ford Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau will be of­fer­ing new clients across the bor­ough a short in­ter­view without hav­ing to wait for an ap­point- ment at its Nor­wood Street of­fice in Ash­ford on Mon­day, Tues­day and Fri­day morn­ings.

Drop-in ser­vices will also be avail­able at the Ten­ter­den of­fice on Mon­day, Tues­day and Thurs­day morn­ings.

If the ad­viser con­sid­ers im­me­di­ate action is needed a client will be of­fered a full in­ter­view at the first avail­able op­por­tu­nity, which could be the same day and if not usu­ally within the week.

Fully trained and ex­pe­ri­enced ad­vis­ers will dis­cuss the prob­lem and of­fer ways to help solve it.

In the case of re­pos­ses­sion this could be as­sist­ing with court forms and ne­go­ti­at­ing with the land­lord/mort­gage com­pany.

With debts the ad­viser would look at ways to make of­fers of pay­ments to all cred­i­tors, to pri­ori­tise debts and try to pre­vent any court action be­ing taken, pre­vent bailiffs tak­ing action to seize goods and ne­go­ti­at­ing any re­pay­ments due.

Ash­ford bureau is now also able to of­fer Le­gal Aid help with em­ploy­ment, debt and wel­fare ben­e­fits.

For more in­for­ma­tion call the Ash­ford CAB of­fice on 01233 626185.

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