Eric Ollerenshaw column

Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
Eric Ollerenshaw MP.
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Last week I had the chance to meet up with our local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in order to talk about some of the issues they face at the moment.

One issue was that of pay day lenders and their ability to have some contracts that can allow them to have first call on any monies in a client’s account.

This is something I promised to take up with Ministers when Parliament begins its new term. As many of you will know the CAB offer advice on consumer affairs, debt, welfare, benefits and housing in a free, independent and confidential environment.

If you need assistance or would like to get further information about an issue you think they might be able to help with you can contact them on 01524 400400 or

They are also hoping to be able to recruit more volunteers this year, as part of their anniversary celebrations and certainly from the volunteers I met, they certainly felt it had been totally worthwhile joining this dedicated organisation. If you feel you might be interested please contact on

I also managed to attend the installation of the new High Sheriff of Lancashire, Barry Johnson, together with the Shield Hanging Ceremony at Lancaster Castle. As you may know, the High Sheriff gets their own coat of arms hung up in the castle’s court and though a ceremonial function now it was interesting for once to be in the Priory and see Church, State and Judiciary all together to mark this, the beginning of the High Sheriff’s year.

Finally. as this year marks the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and many Second World War veterans will be marking this historic occasion with commemorative visits to the places they served, I wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone of funding available from the Big Lottery Fund grant towards travel and accommodation costs.

If you would like further details they can be found at or by calling our Heroes Return helpline 0845 0000 121.