Whilst much has gone on to reduce workless households and unemployment across Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke the House of Commons Library shows that average earnings for full and part time workers is in the bottom 20 per cent nationally.
Jonathan therefore went to meet with Staffordshire North & Stoke-on-Trent Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and the Potteries MoneyWise team to hear about the support they offer.
Shameem Richardson, Potteries MoneyWise Team Lead, spoke to Jonathan about the importance of people knowing about the services and support they offer to help people from lowering their living costs, understanding your consumer rights and supporting those on welfare benefits.
Courses are offered to educate people on money management and financial capability in partnership with NHS Wellbeing Services. The services provided are not just for those who are unemployed but also for those on lower incomes. Outreach work is done on a weekly basis across Stoke-on-Trent and Newcaslte-under-Lyme, so people can access the facilities.
For Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke residents the nearest officer is Kidsgrove Town Hall (Tuesday or Thursday 10am to 3pm) or Hanley Office located at 13-15 Cheapside (Monday, Tuesday and Friday 9:30am to 1:30pm or Thursday at 2:30pm to 6:30pm).
Commenting, Jonathan said:
"The dedication from the team at CAB and Potteries MoneyWise is second to none. The support they offer some of the most vulnerable in our society is crucial. I would like to thank them for all they do."
"I urge people spread the word about the services they offer like finding lower tariffs from energy suppliers to discounted water rates. Budgeting is crucial to making sure people live within their means. People must avoid falling into the trap of short term loans or borrowing large amounts from credit suppliers. This can be better avoided by using CAB and Potteries MoneyWise support."
"I look forward to working with CAB and Potteries MoneyWise to help reach more people who need support."