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Christmas and New Year is an expensive time of the year with gifts to buy and visitors in the house. If the bills are coming in now, the post-Christmas budget can be stretched to breaking point.
Marlborough’s churches offer support to those in difficult circumstances and there are local organisations that can help you make ends meet:
Marlborough Community Foodbank
Bread of Life
Work and Income New Zealand
WINZ can offer extra help with health, housing, emergency costs and, in special circumstances, advance payment of benefit. Those who depend on national superannuation may have other entitlements including:
Freephone 0800 552 002 7.00 am-6.00 pm Monday to Friday or Saturday mornings – or visit WINZ in Alfred Street for help or to pick up its brochure “Extra Financial Assistance”. The brochure is also available on the WINZ website www.workandincome.govt.nz
The Marlborough Family Budgeting Service may also be able to help you. They have trained people available to help you review your household budget. Ph: 03 578 2006 or visit 25 Alfred Street Blenheim, 10.00 am-3.00 pm. They can check you are receiving all your entitlements. There’s no charge and it takes less than an hour.