The Debt Free London bus which is travelling across London arrives in Acton today (9 February) to offer local residents with face-to-face free and confidential advice on money matters.
It will be open from 10am-4pm at St Mary’s Church, 1 The Mount, Acton W3 9NW.
The bus, which started its tour of London in Trafalgar Square back in November 2022, is covering all parts of London and finishes its tour on 22 February 2023 in Kensington.
The bus, supported by the Mayor of London, will be staffed by debt advisors and Ealing Council local welfare officers to offer help.
Debt Free Advice , which started in 2006, is a partnership of 16 charities across London led by Toynbee Hall and funded by the Money and Pensions Service.
The bus will also provide signposting on other cost of living support, and host webinars on a range of topics including rent, council tax arrears, budgeting, debt options, and mental health.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for decent living incomes, said: “The cost of living crisis is placing the worst squeeze on household budgets for a generation. Many council support services are seeing a huge increase in demand for help relating to financial hardship, council tax, rent arrears and housing.
He added: “We know that people are struggling, and this financial pressure has a direct impact on physical and mental wellbeing. I would invite anybody in the borough who really needs it, to come down and take advantage of this service – it’s free and confidential.”