Council’s financial advice roadshow to visit Ilkeston

Derbyshire County Councillor Dave Allen at the Derbyshire Money Week roadshow with Natalie Davidson (left) and Sam Whawell of the councils welfare benefits team.
Derbyshire County Councillor Dave Allen at the Derbyshire Money Week roadshow with Natalie Davidson (left) and Sam Whawell of the councils welfare benefits team.

Derbyshire County Council will be hosting a financial advice surgery at Ilkeston market on Thursday, February 16, 10am to 3.30pm.

The session is one of several events planned by the council and partners as part of Derbyshire Money Week.

County Councillor Dave Allen said: “Money Week is all about helping people make the most of what they’ve got and get ideas for saving where possible with some very simple advice and practical support.

“Advisers will be happy to chat to residents at one of our roadshows and point them in the right direction for the help and advice they need.”

Latest figures reveal that more than 80,000 households in the county are categorised as deprived—in terms of employment, education, health or housing.

Any one of those factors can have knock-on effects for financial stability.

The council has teamed up with Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire to organise the roadshow with support from Citizens Advice, community banks, financial support and advice agencies and community and voluntary groups.

Visitors will be invited to learn more about dealing with debt, saving and alternatives to high-cost borrowing, benefits checks, cooking on a budget, energy switching, pensions advice, help with childcare, free school meals and how to avoid scams and loan sharks.

They will also have chance to take part in a challenge to win £20 to grow or invest, and there will be interactive games, competitions and children’s entertainment.