Local Campaigns

An Overview of Housing Issues in St Albans District

16/08/2021

This note analyses the housing issues currently facing clients of Citizens Advice in the St Albans district (CASTAD) and puts them in the context of the local and national housing picture. Its main purpose is to identify areas for further in-depth work. If you would like to know more, you can read our full report here.…

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The impact of Covid-19 in St Albans district

13/07/2021

In the first year of the Covid pandemic, Citizens Advice helped over 8,000 people in St Albans district. No other organisation sees so many people with so many problems. This gives us a unique insight into the effect of Covid-19 on people living here. Four broad areas account for two-thirds of all the issues we…

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Funeral Costs

13/07/2021

The cost of funerals has been increasing much faster than general inflation for at least a decade. Many people are stunned by how much they have to pay when a loved one dies; and some people get into debt and real financial hardship as a result of having to arrange a funeral. Although people naturally…

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Homelessness

01/07/2021

In the six months from April to September 2018 there was a big increase in the number of people coming to Citizens Advice St Albans and District with queries related to homelessness.

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Discretionary Housing Payments

29/06/2021

Discretionary housing payments (DHPs) are payments administered by local authorities to help people whose housing benefit, or housing element of Universal Credit, does not cover the full cost of their rent. DHPs are particularly valuable for people who have been impacted by recent changes to the welfare system, including the benefits cap, which may have…

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