Welcome to Citizens Advice Oxfordshire
The Citizens Advice service aims: -
- To provide the advice people need for the problems they face
- To improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives
The service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination.
The Consumer Empowerment Partnership (CEP) in Oxfordshire includes our county Trading Standards Service, many consumer and support groups, housing associations, and a range of advice agencies from Banbury to Henley and Witney to Wantage. Based at Oxford CAB, the Consumer Partnership provides local leadership in protecting, informing and empowering consumers through campaigning and education. Past campaigns around Oxfordshire have covered, payday loans, used cars, energy saving, and, most recently in May 2014, energy saving, and scams.
Most recently we focused on the consumer aspects of the system of assessments for sickness and disability benefits, with a Forum on disability issues and an appearance on Radio Oxford.Links:
All sorts of people volunteer for many different reasons, but one thing that unites them all is that they find it challenging, rewarding and varied. Volunteering provides an opportunity to learn new skills and to develop existing ones.
In any role, you will develop your skills in a number of valuable areas, like communication, IT and dealing with the public, as well as increasing your self-confidence through practical hands-on experience. In addition, CAB adviser training is respected and valued throughout the advice sector.Links:
Collecting evidence of problems faced by people across the UK
- Analysing that evidence and proposing solutions
- Involving policy and decision makers, regulators and service providers
- Lobbying MP's and local Councilors
- Contributing to public debate
- Informing legislation
Economy is growing but people are poorer and less secure - new figures
The economic situation is like a "double-edged sword", says Citizens Advice, as unemployment falls but wages remain low and self-employment and zero-hours contracts make for "instability".
Higher rail fares but 2-hour delay for Oxford commuters
A 3.5 per cent fare hike combined with rising childcare bills and increasing housing costs all take an extra bite from flat pay packets, says Citizens Advice boss - the same day that Oxford commuters face 2-hour train delays.
With energy costs up a third since 2014, gas and electricity suppliers are 'out of excuses'
Citizens Advice has called on the energy industry to be frank with its customers about why energy costs are so high, particular as wholesale costs are down.