Citizens Advice Merthyr Tydfil 

Help to Claim

Get help applying for Universal Credit.

 

Our Help to Claim service can support you in the early stages of your Universal Credit claim, from the application, through to your first payment.

 

Help to Claim is a dedicated service from Citizens Advice. It’s free, independent and confidential. Our trained advisers can help with things like how to gather evidence for your application or how to prepare for your work coach appointment.

Call us for free:

Locally - 01685 382188

Nationally - 08000 241 220 (Wales) 

For advice online, please visit: citizensadvice.org.uk/helptoclaim

 

Visit our drop in service at Citizens Advice Merthyr Tydfil, Post Office Lane 

CF47 8BE: 

Monday - 9.30am - 1.00pm

Tuesday - 12.30pm - 4.00pm

Thursday - 9.30am - 1.00pm

We also run a drop in service in our local job centre (Ty Bethesda, Ave De Clichy, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8AS) every Tuesday from 9.30am - 1.30pm. 

*Please note: Our drop in services are currently closed due to COVID-19*

If you’re a local organisation working with people who need help applying for Universal Credit, get in touch with us on 01685 382188 or email us on referrals@citizensadvicemt.org.uk for more information on how you can signpost or refer people to our service.  

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Citizens Advice Merthyr Tydfil Privacy Notice

How we use your personal information
We collect and use information about you to help solve your problems, improve our
services and tackle wider issues in society that affect people's lives.
We always let you decide what you're comfortable telling us, explain why we need
your information and keep it confidential. When we keep something you tell us, we:
● only access it when we have a good reason
● only share what is necessary and relevant
● don’t sell it to commercial organisations


How will you use my data?
First and foremost, your information will be used to provide you with advice. We also use
information in a way that doesn’t directly identify you to understand how different
problems are affecting society and to take action to tackle these problems. As this is
used for research it is kept separate from your case record.
Where you have given us your permission and contact details, we, or in some instances a
trusted research partner, may contact you to ask you for feedback on the service you
received and your overall experience of Citizens Advice.


Do I have to give my consent for you to use information about me?
You can decide exactly what information you are happy to tell us. We’ll use the
information because we have a ‘legitimate interest’ to do so for the purpose of providing
you with advice and carrying out research.
When we ask for more private information about you, like any health conditions or
ethnicity, we will need to get your consent. This is because this information is treated in a
special way by the law. You can always withdraw this consent and request we remove
what you told us.
Some of our specialist services, such as our Money Advice service, are provided on the
basis of your consent. We will ask your consent to use your personal information with
these services.


Where will you store my data?
The record of your case will be stored securely in an electronic case management system
used jointly by all of the Citizens Advice service. We are all responsible for keeping it safe.
As part of solving your problem, we might also make written notes, download copies of
your case or send emails containing your information. We will make sure any
information is stored securely and only accessed when there’s a good reason by staff
and volunteers of the Citizens Advice service.


How long do you keep records for?
We keep records for 6 years. We may keep records for 16 years if the advice given could
have serious consequences if it was not stored for a longer period.
Why might you share my information? Who will you share it with?
We will generally not share information without your permission, unless required to do
so by law or in some very limited situations, like to protect you or someone else from
serious harm.
If a particular service involves sharing your information without permission, we will
always let you know upfront that it isn’t confidential.
What if I have a question about how my information has been used?


You can contact us and ask us:
● what information we've stored about you and get a copy to keep
● to change or update your information
● to delete your information from our records or withdraw your consent
● to stop using your information


If you have any questions about how your information is collected or used, you can
contact us at:
Citizens Advice Merthyr Tydfil
Post Office Lane
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8BE
Telephone 01685 382188
Email admin@citizensadvicemt.org.uk


You can read more detailed information about how some of our services use
information on our national site: citizensadvice.org.uk/privacy-policy
If you’re not happy with how we have used your information, you can contact us at:
www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/Contact-us-form


You can also contact the Information Commissioner's Office to raise a concern about
how we have used your information.
ico.org.uk / 0303 123 1113