St John’s Foundation and Citizens Advice – Bath & North East Somerset have teamed up to tackle the financial impact Covid-19 is having on families and individuals in the district.

The organisations have created a new service, to run for three years, and to be delivered through Citizens Advice. The service will address the acute concerns of those residents struggling with benefits and debt issues.

Research suggests that tourism and hospitality businesses, such as those in Bath, may suffer the most as a result of Covid-19. It is anticipated that the planned withdrawal of government support schemes will pressure businesses to choose whether to lay-off staff or not.

Les Redwood, CEO for the local Citizens Advice said: “Covid-19 has turned the thriving tourism and hospitality industry that exists in Bath and the surrounding area, into a financially perilous situation for thousands of residents. However, thanks to St John’s Foundation we will be able to provide the extra support that people need to get them through this difficult time.”

John Thornfield, Funding Manager for St John’s Foundation said: “Debt is a key issue in so many of the applications we receive to our Individual Funding Programme. It’s clear that more specialist support is required for local people before their situations reach crisis point and Citizens Advice is perfectly placed to offer this service. We’re delighted to be working with them to help address such a pressing local need.”

The new service will launch in August.

Citizens Advice are currently recruiting for debt caseworkers. Click here to find details about the roles.