Free advice for High Peak families

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High Peak families struggling in the current economic climate will be able to get free advice on everything from debt management to welfare rights, thanks to a new initiative from Derbyshire County Council.

The authority has agreed to invest almost £500,000 in creating free advice centres in the county’s children’s centres.

Centres will get the equivalent of a day’s advice each week as part of the county council’s pledge to help hard-pressed families in Derbyshire.

Cllr Kevin Gillott, cabinet member for children and young people, said he was pleased that at a time when the authority was facing massive cuts, it was able to support those in need.

He added: “Times are difficult for a lot of families in Derbyshire, and by providing advice in our children’s centres, which are already at the heart of communities, we are helping those who need it most, where they need it.

“And while levels of child poverty are slightly below the national average, levels are increasing.”

It is hoped to have the advice centres up and running by April.