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June 2016 Post


Citizens Advice Sedgemoor has been playing a leading role in a national campaign by the Rural Issues Group of bureaus.  The group is publishing the following report in support of a campaign about the decline of rural bus services.   Our research shows that transport – meaning bus services is a main concern throughout the […]

Citizens Advice Scams Awareness Month 2016


This is the final act of Citizens Advice Scams Awareness Month 2016. There are so many examples of scams to recount here and many ways in which they can happen. They have been a common subject of conversation at Citizens Advice Sedgemoor! We have broken them down into four main kinds: Telephone Scams ; Online […]

Energy Week Update


We are just coming to the end of Big Energy Saving Week.  We are trying to raise awareness of the possibilities.  Sedgemoor Citizens Advice is calling on people in our area to swot up on switching energy supplier and, where possible, help an older relative or neighbour find a better deal.  Online searches are the […]

August News


Citizens Advice Sedgemoor Research and Campaigns Team are currently working on three themes. First up – Loan Sharks.  As Payday Loans companies seem to be less of a problem, so Loan Sharks are a growing concern, especially in the run up to Christmas. Loan Sharks are unlicensed and/or illegal lenders.  They may use harassment, violence, […]

Migrant Workers are Vulnerable to Unscrupulous Employers


Research and Campaigns at Sedgemoor CAB We are currently working on some problems encountered by migrant workers in Bridgwater. Forty migrant workers have sought advice from Sedgemoor Citizens Advice Bureau. Migrant workers have moved to the area and are being employed by agencies to work for big companies in Bridgwater. The initial group of clients […]

Flooding Thoughts


Our thoughts are turning to Flooding again.   We are watching the Environment Agency Flood Warnings at http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/34678.aspx?page=1&type=RiverAndTown&term=burrowbridge   Last year we saw five flood victims who had no insurance.  We know that insurance is expensive; and with any luck you pay the premium and nothing happens.  But now is the time to decide: don’t […]

Big Energy Saving Week


This is Big Energy Saving Week – a joint campaign with the Energy Saving Trust and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  Last year 80000 people sought help with fuel debts in the UK.  We think that households could save £75 a year – which amounts to £146.1million a year across the south west […]

October 2014


Payday Loans We have been campaigning on the subject of Payday Loans for some time.  Since April the industry has been regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.  Last week Wonga wrote off £220million of customer debts where loans had been made to customers who could not afford to repay them.  They will also be required […]

September 2014 Roundup


Current interests for the Social Policy Team at Sedgemoor CAB ?   We are noticing that a big proportion of people who are homeless in the area have recently been released from prison.  We are researching the numbers and talking to the Probation Service in more detail. We also have more instances of migrant workers […]

Increasing awareness and support among the public


For 75 years, the Citizens Advice service has provided free, confidential advice and influenced decision makers to make a lasting difference for our clients. We need support from the public, and in turn from local and national government, for our work to continue. Help us highlight the value of the Citizens Advice service and increase […]