Cuts Watch #365: Citizens Advice warning over cuts
The Citizens Advice Bureau service could be devastated because of budget cuts, its chief has warned. CAB chief executive Gillian Guy told the BBC:
“If we add up all the cuts potentially coming our way they could amount to as much as 45% of our funding and that’s quite devastating.”
My post last week reported that all five Citizens Advice drop-in offices in Birmingham will be shut this month. We will now see a number of other centres closing as councils in England and Wales decide their upon whether they can still afford to fund local CAB services. Local authorities provide the majority of funding for such legal, welfare and debt advice services, which also receive some funding from central government.
Gillian Guy said:
We are facing a real threat to vital funds at a time when demand is increasing, and will continue to increase, as all the financial and social changes come into effect. Hundreds of thousands of people may not be able to get much-needed help next year.”