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Research & Campaigns

We speak up for our clients

 

No one else sees so many people with so many different kinds of problems. The information our clients share with us gives us a unique insight into the challenges people are facing today.

 

With the right evidence, we can show big organisations – from companies right up to the government – how they can make things better for people. 

We see how problems can be linked. By helping people with the underlying cause of their problems and making sure they don’t get worse, we save the government and public services hundreds of millions of pounds every year.

Everyone who works for us contributes to this work, by identifying examples of unfairness and writing a report. These reports are dealt with by our team of dedicated volunteers who carry out further research and campaign to bring about improvements for the people of Lewes District.

Our work in 2023

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In 2023 LDCA
- Worked with 1800 people
- Supporting them with 6423 differing issues
- Provided £371,970 income gains
- £25,466 debts written off and £25,387 in other financial support
- 62% of people were disabled or had a long term health condition

Cost of Living Report 

Read the latest Cost of Living Report for East Sussex which draws on data captured from helping thousands of local people throughout our county as the Cost of Living Crisis has evolved.  

The National Red Index: how to turn the tide on falling living standards- Feb 2024

Negative budgets - a damning measure of living standards

Citizens Advice national teams of advisers help people with more problems than anyone else in the country - nearly 9 million a year. So we have a pretty clear view of the most urgent problems facing Britain as we head into an election year. A negative budget is the ultimate red line between making ends meet, and being pushed deeper and deeper into trouble. Its when your income is not enough to meet essential costs. 

In Lewes District (not including Peacehaven and East Saltdean as data has been generated on constituencies)

  • 5.19% of people are in a negative budget.

  • 54.4% said that the cost of living or living standards was one of the most important issues in determining how they will vote.

  • 78.33% said that negative budgets are an important issue.

The National Red Index report is a ground-breaking report from Citizens Advice that shows how almost 5 million people across the country are now in a household with a negative budget, including 1.5 million children. A further 2 million people are living on empty - cutting essential spending to unsafe levels, just to get by.

National CoL data insight briefing report

National Citizens Advice impact report 22-23

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