Citizens Advice Bureau is now defunct in Trafford. Their duties are now taken by Trafford Council, who’s helpline is open for three hours a day and is always busy. “Thank you for calling, goodbye!”. Sooo… no help from anyone if you’re in Trafford.
Got through to TMBC eventually, now there’s no such thing as “hardship payments”, but will tell you where the local foodbanks are. They’ll also try to put a little cash on your meter card… no help at all if you pay by direct debit, though… And that’s it.
Well, we all seem to be happy to live in an economy, rather than a society.
God help those who are totally reliant on the system…
Update late 2016:- Seems as though CAB are back up & running, but with a much reduced capacity. Contact them directly for further info.