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Rethink on Citizens Advice Bureau funding welcomed by Burntwood councillor

Plans to rethink funding cuts to Citizens Advice Bureau’s in Staffordshire have been welcomed by a Burntwood councillor.

A Corporate Review Committee at Staffordshire County Council has agreed to rethink the £439,000 of cuts, which would have led to smaller facilities closing and a reduced service in others.

The move has been welcomed by Labour councillors, including Burntwood representative Sue Woodward.

She said: “With a petition in favour of saving our Citizens Advice Bureaus already running at over 11,500, this reflects the real value Staffordshire residents put on these services.

“We must now find a fairer and more positive solution.”

Staffordshire County Council is now urging other authorities to step up to support the future of the Citizens Advice Bureau.

Cllr Alan White, Cabinet Member for health, care and wellbeing, said: “Although we have had to prioritise funding for the services we have a statutory duty to provide, we do recognise the important role the Citizens Advice Bureau plays in helping people with issues such as money worries or debt.

“With this in mind, we want to look at whether there is any possibility of running a more scaled back service, but we can’t do this alone. I plan to write to every district, borough, town and parish council to see if they can help support the service either financially or perhaps by offering accommodation for example.

“While there are no guarantees at this stage, we will be working with both the Citizens Advice and partners to see if there is a solution and will return to Cabinet with the county-wide response.”

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2 Comments

  1. AgitatorofPeople

    23rd November, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Cutting the Citizens Advice Bureau! and a petition to save them, at what point were Stafford County Council going to announce they had plans to do this, instead of having it leaked into the local press and then trying to justify it?
    Incorporate the Lichfield CAB into the St Marys in the square plans before they are fixed, this is a very important part of the community doing something that our council is doing less of, helping people on issues such as Law and Rights, Discrimination, Education, Healthcare, Benefits, Trading Standards, Debt, Food Banks, Housing and the list goes on, we the public are forgoing our “Library that is too big” and selling it to fund the Diocese’s St Mary’s renovation, make it a really useful community one stop shop while it is still at the planning stage and start joining up some of these projects that could help each other provide an improved service and reduce public spending.
    For all of the recent talk in the press about JAM families (Just About Managing) there are many Sub families (slowly going under) and the current economic forecast would indicate that we as a community need to support people right now.

  2. Peter

    27th November, 2016 at 10:32 am

    I have used them twice over the years and their advice has been spot on.

    This is another brilliant service we are going to lose. All I have heard in discussions and comments is, “we don’t have the money, if someone else does, then great”. I did hear a radio show saying that a number of authorities had already been contacted and they all said, they had no money to fund the CAB.

    Scaled back

    Walk-in Opening Times

    Lichfield Office,
    29 Levetts Fields, Lichfield,
    Staffs WS13 6HY

    Day Time
    Tuesday 10am – 2pm
    Friday 10am – 2pm

    8 hours a week, how much more can they scale it back?

    10% of Lichfield population are in arrears on their council tax, this is a service people depend on. Another cut from Staffs and no doubt another increase in council tax.