New advice sessions

CITIZENS Advice sessions are being offered in Emersons Green after the charity won new financial backing from the town council.

Free face-to-face advice will be offered at Emersons Green Village Hall on Thursdays from 10am to noon.

Anyone with a problem can come for free, one-to-one support.

It comes as Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire has seen a 14% increase in people coming for help with cost-of-living-related problems, as more people are facing hardship.

The charity helped 4,778 people last year with 22,493 issues, saving them a combined total of £4.4 million through its financial advice – the equivalent of £920 for each person helped.

People who cannot make it to the drop-in sessions can find free, independent, impartial and confidential advice from Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire by calling 0808 278 7947 or visiting the website at, where there are more details about times and locations of other sessions.

The charity is looking for donations to support its work – they can be made online at

Last year a 35% cut in funding for advice services in South Gloucestershire led to some citizens Advice offices closing.

But town councils have helped plug the gap, with Thornbury Town Council also funding sessions for the next three years.