Westminster’s new central point for advice for residents launches next week.
The newly-structured service, which is directly commissioned by the council and delivered by Westminster Citizens’ Advice Bureau Service, will provide residents with information on many issues from debt advice to noise pollution.
Cllr Heather Acton, Westminster City Council’s Cabinet Member for Family Services and Public Health, said: “We want our residents to have access to all the advice and information they need, and this new service puts it all in one place.”
Citizens Advice Westminster chief executive Shirley Springer said: “We’re very pleased to be increasing support for people with this service. As one of the first advice bureaux and launched in 1939, this means we are moving into our 80th year of supporting Westminster residents and their families to resolve life’s problems such as debt and homelessness.”
The new service opens with a first session at the Beethoven Centre, W10, on Monday, with sessions held on a weekly basis at venues across the city which are familiar to residents.
Guidance on areas such as benefits, housing and homelessness, health, employment, immigration and crime will also be available at the Advice Shop, which has been created following a council review and aims to provide a comprehensive advice service.
Advice Shop free information and advice service sessions next week:
· Monday (12 Nov) 1.30pm-4pm – Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue W10 4JL.
· Wednesday (14 Nov) 10am-12.30pm – Church Street Library, 67 Church Street NW8 8EU
· Thursday (15 Nov) 10am-midday – Churchill Gardens Residents’ Hall, Churchill Gardens SW1V 3AL