New location for housing and money advice surgery

9 January 2017

A housing and money advice surgery for people living in and around the Sawston area has a new home.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s fortnightly drop-in advice sessions will now be based at John Huntingdon’s Charity headquarters on Sawston High Street – with local people being reminded that there is no need to book an appointment, just turn up on the day.

Running from 10am to 1pm every other Thursday, a team of council housing and benefits officers are on hand to give free and confidential advice on financial worries, problems with neighbours, benefit applications, rent and council tax payments plus a range of housing issues.

Cllr Simon Edwards, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for finance, said: “We’re here to give help and advice to any resident who needs it, whatever your circumstances. With financial or housing problems in particular, the earlier you come to us, the more options we and other agencies have to help you. The venue has private areas for discussions and the information we are given is absolutely confidential.

“Whether you've lost your job, are struggling to meet rent or mortgage payments, or just finding it tough to make ends meet, our specialists can talk you through the options and support available to you.”

Jill Hayden, manager at John Huntingdon’s Charity, said: “We’re very pleased to be hosting the Council’s advice surgery. We already work closely with them locally on housing issues, plus offer other services that can help people, such as our foodbank and Citizen’s Advice sessions on Friday mornings. If you need help or support in the area, we’re here for you.”

Surgeries from January to March will run on 12 and 26 January, 9 and 23 February and 9 and 23 March from 10am to 1pm. For future dates, look out for posters, follow the Council’s ‘South Cambridgeshire’ Facebook page or check our housing advice service page

John Huntingdon’s Charity can be found at 189 High Street, Sawston, Cambridge, CB22 3HJ. Buses stop just outside and parking is also available.