Citizens Advice Bureau

September 12, 2011 by USA Post 

Citizens Advice BureauCitizens Advice Bureau, Funding for Citizens Advice offices has been reduced by an average of 10 percent this year, according to the national organization.

He said today that the offices in England and Wales helped 779,000 persons in the first four months of the fiscal year, which was 7 percent less than during the same period last year.

Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, said the figures were “very worrying”.

“It is now clear that the cuts are beginning to disrupt our frontline services across the country,” he said.

The national organization collected data from local offices, which are independent charities. It found that 43 percent of revenue comes from local government offices and 15 percent of the Legal Services Commission, which runs the legal aid system in England and Wales.

Changes in local and national funding are having an impact. For example, Nottinghamshire County Council has cut funding to county offices by 60 percent.

Cambridge CAB is concerned that changes in government funding of legal aid could result in loss of all legal aid funding, representing 25 percent of their income.

Citizen did not respond to questions about whether the cuts had led to a reduction in the number of staff employed by the offices.

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