Cuts to CAB Funding

Cuts in Citizens Advice Bureau Funding sees thousand of people turning to the Benefits Advice Centre for professional help online.

National charity Citizens Advice today published the first evidence that the impact of substantial cuts to bureau funding across the country is leaving thousands of people with nowhere to turn for help with resolving urgent and serious problems.

In the first four months of this financial year (1 April – 31 July 2011) Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales recorded a seven per cent drop in the total number of people they were able to help (779,000) compared with the same period last year. Cuts to bureau funding averaging 10% took effect from April.

A representative from the Benefit Advice Centre said " It’s such a shame that we are seeing cuts to such a vital service. At the Benefits Advice Centre we are continuing to help those in need and grow our service to help fill the gap.

We have never had any funding in the first place so we are never going to be effected by any cuts made in Government spending, we are funded by the generosity of our providers, our partners and the people who support our cause, our VIP members".

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