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Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

300 Mare Street,
E8 1HE
Telephone: 020 8525 6350 (Reception only - not for advice)
Telephone: 0344 499 1195 - Advice Line
Website: Citizens Advice Bureau


Who we are:

Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) are part of a wider national organisation of Citizen Advice Bureaus. They aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and campaign to improve policies and practices that affect people's lives.

Some advice services from CAB are available to families with young children at Children's Centres across Hackney. 

What we do:

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve:

  • legal
  • money
  • and other problems.

They do this by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

CAB operate an Early Morning Drop-In Mon-Thursday from 8:30 am.

Clients are asked to arrive early for drop in sessions as all slots are usually taken up by 8:30am.

Mondays are especially oversubscribed.

CAB also operate out of Children’s Centres throughout Hackney. More information below. 

CAB in Hackney

The Mare Sreet CAB office is open to the public on: 

  • Mondays 
  • Tuesdays
  • Wednesdays and
  • Thursdays

Time: Doors open at 8.30 am.

There is a large demand for this service so it is best to arrive early.

Clients are seen on a first come first served basis for an initial 10 minute assessment of need.

Find out more: Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau - session information   

Information from Reception

Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 5.00 pm

Our receptionists have a wide range of information available but are not the advice service.      

Find out more: Hackney Citizens Advice Bureau - session information   

An adviser should be available by phone though this may be for an introductory interview only to help decide how you can best be advised.

The CAB also has information available online or by telephone.

Find out more:

CAB advice session at Children's Centres in Hackney

Please note children's centres sessions are only for families with children under 5 with one exception.

Families with children under 11 years of age can be seen at sessions held at Tyssen Children's Centre.

Please call the Children's Centres to book appointments. 

More information on: Ann Tayler Children's Centre

Dates: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of each month

Time: 10.00 - 1.00 pm. 

Phone: 020 7275 6020


More information on: Daubeney Children’s Centre

Date: Every Tuesday

Time: 10.00 - 1.00 pm. 

Phone:  020 8525 7040


More information on: Linden Children's Centre

Date: Every Friday

Time: 10.00 - 1.00 pm

Phone: 020 7254 9939


More information on: Mapledene & Queensbridge Children's Centre

Date: 1st Wednesday of each month

Time: 10.00 - 1.00 pm. 

Phone:  020 7249 8139


More information on: Sebright Children’s Centre

Date: Every Monday

Time: 9:30 - 12.30 pm

Phone: 020 7749 1210

More information on: Children's Centre at Tyssen (Children can be up to age 11 for these sessions only)

Date: Every Friday

Time: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. 

Phone: 020 8806 4130


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Please Note: If attending a CAB Children's Centre session for help filling out Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payments (PIP) forms, parents need to call individual centres to book an appointment beforehand and must state this when booking their appointment. 

This is because two separate appointments will be needed to complete the form filling process. Sessions generally last 30 minutes per person/family and these forms generally take much longer to complete.

Record Last Updated on: 26/01/2018

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Who is eligible?

Hackney residents


Referral required?


Referral Details

Contact the advice session supervisor to discuss particular requirements if you have additional needs. 

What to do if you have a complaint

See complaints procedure

How to Get Here

Buses: 30, 38, 48, 55, 106, 236, 242, 253, 276, 277, D6

Train: London Fields, Hackney Central, Hackney Downs

Transport to Service? Home visits can sometimes be made

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Disclaimer-important information about the Hackney Local Offer

Hackney's Local Offer website is a free and impartial service provided by the London Borough of Hackney in partnership with the NHS, local education, health and community services. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that may be available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities.

This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the London Borough of Hackney or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information. Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damages whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of the Hackney Local Offer.

Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.

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