Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/475/2091

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 February 2007

Living in debt - with no advice

RECENTLY I spoke to someone who wanted to get help and advice over a couple of debt issues, a three-grand student loan and water rates.

Lynn Worthington, Wythenshawe Manchester

They had got a lovely colour leaflet from Manchester city council, about the advice services available to Wythenshawe residents. So they tried the city council telephone advice line, which was busy for hours.

Then next on the list was Wythenshawe legal advice, where they were informed that they would only be able to deal with one debt problem and that would be the water rates debt, as they were too busy. They were told to go to the drop-in centre.

This was madness. Were they expected to wait around to be seen, then when the water rates had been dealt with, go out and wait again?

Next on the list was Wythenshawe Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). They phoned them and the answering machine said they were not taking appointments. The office was closed. They hold advice services on certain days but only by appointment, no drop-in. There was an email address so they emailed for appointment. It bounced three times.

So they found the Manchester website where you can find an advice appointment anywhere. But there weren't any anywhere for three months. They had the details for Withington CAB, so they emailed them to tell them about the bounced emails. They emailed back saying Wythenshawe CAB was fully booked.

They then spotted another debt phone line. When they eventually got through, they were told there were no appointments for up to two months. The adviser asked what the problem was and gave some advice. She said: "If you want, I can send out a pack so you can do it yourself."

Free legal advice has been stripped bare from Wythenshawe. These are vital services in an area like this, a large working-class estate.

People on low wages and benefits, who rely on these services, are left out in the cold as their debt rises.

Legal and other costs are added to the debt before they can get free legal advice. This causes heartbreak and stress to many families. This is all before the downgrading of Manchester advice services. Rumour has it that the advice line may be axed.

Please send letters of protest against the downgrading and loss of wages for Manchester advice staff to council executive member Basil Curley: cllr.b.curley@manchester.gov.uk. Please send copies and messages of support to Jim Cessford, UNISON: p.mcdonagh@manchester.gov.uk

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 22 February 2007:

Bush & Blair: Get out of Iraq

Iraq 'surge' doomed to failure

Italy: Thousands march against US military base


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

No to Trident!

North Korea: Talks achieve new accord

Anti-war, anti-nuclear, anti-capitalist? Read the socialist!


Socialist Students

Students can defeat fees

Another profit-making racket

Living in debt - with no advice

Defend further education


Socialist Party Congress

The politics of socialism


Socialist Party news and analysis

Justice for the Shrewsbury pickets

Children at the sharp end of British capitalism

Banking billionaires

Drug companies squeeze profits out of health

Hospitals crisis worsens

Fighting homophobia


Environment

Climate change - we have to act now


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

CWI world congress: How will new workers' parties be built?


Workplace news and analysis

Valentine's day protest

Unique Care workers plan more protests

Israeli postal workers storm trade union HQ


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 February 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Debt:

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

triangleTories wreck our NHS

Manchester:

triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleManchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

triangleTories Out demo - Photos

Water:

triangleHurricane Harvey: A tragedy made far worse by capitalism

triangleJobstown Not Guilty trial round-up

Unison:

triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle21 Oct Birmingham: NSSN Solidarity Forum

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2