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We used to answer every query that came to us from readers of our website but now we receive hundreds each month and it has become impossible for us to deal with them all.
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For general assistance, advice and access to public servicesDirectGovhttp://www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htmThe Citizens Advice Bureauhttp://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
For help with finding or assessing a solicitor The Law Society http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/choosingandusing/findasolicitor.lawThe Law Society of Scotlandhttp://www.lawscot.org.uk/The Solicitors Regulation Authorityhttp://www.sra.org.uk/home/home.pageInfoLawhttp://www.infolaw.co.uk/lawfinder/
For help with employment disputesACAShttp://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1461The Citizens Advice Bureauhttp://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
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For help with privacy and data protection The Information Commissioner's Office http://www.ico.gov.uk/
For help with consumer rights Which? http://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights