COVID-19 update: Norfolk advice & information services
Update from the NCAN Steering Group agencies (Age UK Norwich, Age UK Norfolk, Norfolk Citizen’s Advice, Diss and Thetford Citizens Advice, Equal Lives, MAP, Norfolk Community Law Service, Shelter).
'In response to COVID-19 and in accordance with the Government’s recommendations we [NCAN Steering Group] are reacting as appropriately as possible by taking seriously the health and wellbeing of staff, volunteers and the people who need our help. We are adapting to this difficult situation and are continuing to work together in partnership to ensure that people can access quality information, advice, and specialist legal help. We are concerned about the social and financial impact this unprecedented situation will have on people’s lives, and that many will be pushed into or further into poverty. The full knock on effects are yet to be seen but we predict that there will be an increase in people needing advice and support due to a number of factors including loss of wages, increased debts, relationship breakdowns, potential evictions and homelessness.'