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Cash boost for Harlow Citizens Advice

Politics / Mon 27th Jan 2014 am31 10:58am

cabHARLOW people in need of help to tackle problems such as personal debt will get more support with funding provided to 12 Citizens Advice Bureaux from Essex County Council.

The Council will give a £123,000 grant each year for up to three years subject to annual review. The total will be divided between the 12 bureaux across the county (including Harlow) according to need.

CAB services provides residents with free, independent and impartial advice on a wide range of topics including welfare benefits, housing and employment along with debt and budgeting advice.

Cllr John Aldridge, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Citizens Advice Bureaux provide impartial and expert information to people coping with difficult situations and we share their outcomes of improving life chances for residents across the county. This funding provides stability to the bureaux and will help people who need help.”

A Citizens Advice spokesperson said: “We’re delighted that Essex County Council continues to support our services. Our service is vital for individuals and communities who need our help. Last year we dealt with more than 160,600 issues across the county. We help clients with a wide range of problems. Last year, a large proportion of our clients needed help with welfare and debt. Should anyone need to contact us, our doors are open.”

Essex County Council will work with its partners in the district and borough councils and health organisations to ensure a steady funding stream to the service in the future.

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