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ALL THE LATEST NEWS, VIEWS AND STORIES FROM AROUND YOUR LOCAL AREA:FEBRUARY/MARCH


UNSURE ABOUT APPLYING FOR SETTLED STATUS? Washington Homes ~ CITIZENS ADVICE ALLERDALE ~


Part of the Thomas Armstrong Group | www.washingtonhomes.co.uk


“I’m from Austria and I know I need to apply for Settled Status now the UK has left the European Union. I’m really confused about what documents I need in order to apply for me and my children. We have lived in the UK for six years.”


Your rights won’t change until 31st December 2020. However, you should apply as soon as you can in case of any delays. After the transition period ends on 31st December, you might be asked to prove your right to do things, like get a job, or use a service like the NHS. Having your status sorted, will make this more straightforward.


To get Settled Status, you need evidence that you’ve lived in the UK for 6 months out of every 12 months for 5 years in a row. As you say, you and your children have lived in the UK for six years, so you should be eligible for this.


In order to apply, you’ll need to have a few things. These include a passport or national ID card, a digital photograph, your National Insurance number, or proof of how long you've lived in the UK, a mobile number and an email address.


If you’ve been working, you can find your National Insurance number on your pay slip. If not, you can contact HM Revenue and Customs National Insurance Helpline on 0300 200 3500.


It may be easier to make your children’s application after you’ve made your own. This way, you’ll be able to ‘link’ your child’s application to yours, using the application number you received when you applied for yourself.


You can do this at any time after you’ve applied - you do not need to wait for a decision. If your own application is successful, your child will get the same status as you.


In order to apply on behalf of your children, you will need to have proof of your relationship - for example a birth certificate.


For further help contact Citizens Advice Allerdale, Town Hall, Oxford Street, Workington on 01900 604735, or visit www.citizensadviceallerdale.org.uk


The Chestnuts, Tallentire, Cockermouth


Plots 1&2 - The Elms £120,750 Attractively designed 2 bedroom semi-detached houses


Offered on the Low Cost Housing Ownership scheme at 70% of full market value, but you own 100% of the equity and freehold*


For more details, call our Sales Advisor on 07748 673111


*Residency, occupation and financial terms and conditions apply including registration and application to Allerdale Borough Council


Selling Agent


40 Main Street, Cockermouth, CA13 0RY Telephone: 01900 829977


CAN’T SLEEP FOR WORRYING!


These are common words and expressions people stuck in personal debt share, when speaking about the problem. Just after Christmas, when the credit card bills come in, can be a particularly stressful time. The dread of opening letters, or hearing the telephone ring, can cause much distress and despair.


According to a recent TSB survey, £6.6 billion was put on credit cards to pay for Christmas, with a fifth of households overspending. This is however, meaningless to individuals, as only their own personal debt really matters.


However, there is HOPE!


Time and again, we have seen people freed from the weight of debt, by helping them address the issues, stand between them and the creditors and come up with a plan. Sometimes, after just the first meeting, that weight is already much lighter, as early contact with creditors often stops interest charges. We have the time not only to help people manage the debt but also to assist with budgeting to prevent a return of the problem.


WWW.COCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Our contact details are:


The Hub, 2 Market Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9NJ Tel: 07407 391 699 or 01900 821100 Email: cockermouth@wccma.co.uk


Also, at The Bridge Centre, Central Square, Workington, CA14 3BG Tel: 07716 176 204 or 01900 62677 Email: info@wccma.co.uk


Registered Charity No 1171545 www.wccma.co.uk


ISSUE 439 | 27 FEBRUARY 2020 | 19


West Cumbria Community Money Advice is a local charity manned by trained advisers and overseen by the Financial Conduct Authority. It is entirely free, and advice can be sought at centres in Cockermouth and Workington. Advisers are there to help, not judge and the service is totally confidential.


CAUGHT IN A WEB OF DEBT! OVERWHELMED! SHAME!


TRAPPED!


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