Welcome to Citizens Advice Rural Cambs, your LOCAL community-based Advice Services Charity
supported by the Citizens Advice national network and infrastructure.

Our aim is to provide our free, expert, independent services in total confidence to help LOCAL PEOPLE with their problems.

Based Locally, our staff and volunteers have a deep understanding of both local and national issues affecting Local people. They are fully trained and certified to provide expert up-to-date advice.

We know that sometimes life can seem all too much to cope with.

Problems with Debt, Work, Housing, Family etc all seem to pile up and it is difficult to see a way out.  It may be that there are Benefits available that people do not know about or have difficulties in applying for.

Our Dedicated, Trained, Local Staff and Volunteers can help you work through all this and show you how to move forward with your life.

Last year we helped over 9,000 local people with over 41,000 problems, achieving £8.3m in income gain and restructuring over £430,000 of debt.

95% of clients we have helped would recommend us to a friend.

Many people have sent us heart-felt thanks…

Thank you, you’ve been so kind.  I couldn’t have done it without you.  You took a lot of weight off of me considering what I was going through.

Thank you for your services, don’t know what we’d do without you.  Many many thanks.

Cannot thank you enough for all your support and assistance.  It has made such a difference to have this weight lifted thank you so much.

Here at Citizens Advice Rural Cambs our staff and volunteers
want to help you with your problems

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Thank you for your services, don’t know what we’d do without you.  Many many thanks.

Thank you for your help with my renewal of PIP.  I am delighted to tell you that it has been renewed for 2 years.  I could not have filled the forms in as you did.

Thank you, you’ve been so kind.  I couldn’t have done it without you.  You took a lot of weight off of me considering what I was going through.

I just wanted to say thank you for your hard work and time spent helping me with my ESA and PIP applications.  You were a tower of strength on the day of my tribunal and without your help I could not have gone through the process.  Thank you.

Cannot thank you enough for all your support and assistance.  It has made such a difference to have this weight lifted thank you so much.

Thank you so much for helping me to get my Disable Badge, which I have received.  So grateful.

Thank you very much for filling in my attendance allowance forms for me. I appreciated it very much.  I heard that I will get my allowance for another three years, once again thank you.

Thank you so much for all your help. I’m so grateful for all you have done for me.

Just a note to thank you profoundly for all the help and advice you have given me.

Many thanks for the help you gave regarding application for attendance allowance, which has been awarded.   Can’t thank you enough.

I am indebted to the staff at the Ely office for the help and support they provided to me recently regarding the PIP process. The knowledge and sensitivity show was reassuring, I am most grateful to them.

Thank you for your help.     I came to your office and you helped me with my appeal for my medical ESA.  I have all the things needed and should hear next month.  Thanks again for all your help as I couldn’t do it on my own.

Many thanks.  I have been awarded PIP for 3 years and your help has enabled success in my appeal.

We realised that we never thanked you properly for all your advice and support.  So we thought we would write you a card to say thank you so much for your help with the bankruptcy.  It went very smoothly and I am due to be discharged soon.   It has relieved so much pressure both financially and personally and we have you to thank!

Surviving Winter

Everyone in Cambridgeshire over the age of 65 receives a non-means-tested Winter Fuel Payment, whether they need it or not. If you don’t need it, please donate an equivalent or part of it to the Winter Crisis Appeal, so that it can be given to other people or families in the county living in fuel poverty.

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By volunteering with us, you will help people in the community solve a wide range of problems and the training we deliver enables new volunteers to flourish.

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The Citizens Advice service is NOT a government body.  Each office, or group of offices, is an independent charity.  As such we rely heavily on donations.

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We offer help on a wide range of topics in Huntingdon/Wisbech areas, such as Benefits & Tax credits, Consumer issues, Debt, Housing, Managing your money,
Relationships & Family and Work.

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In East Cambridgeshire (shown in light green) we provide Universal Credit claim support, Debt advice and help with CLAS applications.

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Help and Advice

Look in one of the following areas for carefully selected advice to answer our most common questions. You might be able to find an answer to your problem immediately.

Benefits and tax credits
Managing your money
Relationships and family
Other problems

HRH The Princess Royal has been patron of Citizens Advice since 1990 and since that date has visited between 10 and 15 local Citizens Advice nearly every year. The Princess Royal is patron of Citizens Advice rather than individual local Citizens Advice.

May saw the visit of HRH The Princess Royal, to our Wisbech office at The Queen Mary Centre. There she met with staff, trustees, clients and other guests, and  presented long service awards to both Oonagh Tucker and Pennie Firth.

Princess Anne spoke to staff about our projects and also with two clients about the help they received through CARC with their benefits.

At the end of the visit, Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit and a posy was presented to her by Oonagh’s three-year old granddaughter.

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Successful Outcomes

Recent successful outcomes include:

  • Through applications submitted by CARC to the Cambridgeshire Local Assistance Scheme (CLAS) several clients have received awards for items, including washing machines, cookers, fridge, freezers, beds and bedding.
  • Assistance from a CARC adviser with completion of an application form for a school place has had a successful outcome.
  • A client, who was in receipt of benefit income,  contacted CARC after finding it difficult to make ends meet .  An assessment of the clients benefits by our Specialist Benefit Adviser has resulted in them receiving an additional weekly benefit income of just over  £63 and they also received a backdated lump sum payment in excess of £10k.
  • Following a conversion from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment a client was awarded Standard Rate mobility, with help from a CARC adviser this decision was overturned and the client now receives Enhanced Rate mobility.
  • A CARC adviser helped a client to lodge their appeal against the loss of their Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).  The appeal was successful and client’s ESA was re-instated.
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What Citizens Advice Rural Cambs achieved in 2020/2021

Advice issues dealt with directly
Clients advised directly
0 in 5
Clients said advice improved their lives
of our clients would recommend us