• Saturday 24 November 10.30am-4pm, Mission Grove School, Buxton Road. 

Struggling with energy bills? Unemployment? Debt? Worried about Christmas? Want help getting a better deal for your family? Live in Walthamstow? Then this free event is for you! 

On Saturday 24 November between 10.30am and 4pm, as part of our efforts to protect Walthamstow from the Government’s economic policies and tackle debt on our doorsteps, we’ll be holding a free Family Finances event at Mission Grove School on Buxton Road for all Walthamstow residents. This event is designed to help and support families in managing their household budgets - and preparing for the year ahead too. Nearly 1000 families in our area have been told they face a shortfall in rent as housing benefit is capped from April 2013. Across London, 125,000 households are affected. With a lack of cheaper alternative properties or paid jobs in our capital - 4,500 are out of work in Walthamstow alone- options to keep a roof over their head that don’t involve further personal borrowing are few and far between. Like many Citizens Advice Bureaus, personal debt is now a priority for my local branch –over the last few years it has gone from being one in every five clients, to a third of all their caseload, equating to 3,200 people. In the last eighteen months they have helped manage debts close to £3 million in just one small corner of a city supposed to be one of the most prosperous in the world.

As the MP for Walthamstow I’m determined to help families avoid debt, and the legal loan sharks who target our community. That’s why we’ve put together this event to help local residents get the best deal for their families. There will be information and support for Walthamstow residents from a wide range of sources including advice on energy, phone, water and gas bills, job hunting and employment, volunteering, money management, food preparation, housing, financial services as well as credit and debt management. There will also be free refreshments, family entertainment and relaxation sessions. The event is free to attend and local residents are welcome to attend at any time- if you would like to help us with promoting this event to local residents or believe you can offer a relevant service for this event please also get in touch with my office on 020 8521 1223.

Together we will defend Walthamstow and help every family to thrive! 

The Forest Recycling Project are also going to be running a ‘Dr Bike Surgery’ at the event so if you want to get an MOT done on your bike then bring it down with you. There’s also going to be a ‘Give and take’ stall so if you have any reusable goods that you don’t need any more, then bring them down and also collect something for yourself!

Face painting and balloon modelling will also be running from 12-3pm to keep the kids entertained!

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