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Harlow Advice Centre receive welcome cash boost

News / Thu 28th Dec 2023 at 09:54am

THE Harlow Advice Centre (registered as Harlow & West Essex Law Centre) has been awarded the highest possible grant of funding, £75,000, as part of the Government’s Community Organisation Cost of Living Fund (CCLF). The CCLF is rewarding grants from £10,000 to £75,000 to maintain and expand support for people and communities by distributing grants to critical frontline services. This is part of the £76 million fund announced by the Chancellor in the Spring Budget, which makes up some of the further £101.5 million package created to support charities and community organisations across England. 

The Harlow Advice Centre is a vital frontline service that offers provision of legal advice, information, advocacy and representation on social welfare law and related matters to Harlow residents. An incredible charity that has helped thousands with free, confidential and independent advice.

Speaking to Your Harlow, MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon said: “I am delighted that the Government has awarded the Harlow Advice Centre £75,000, the highest possible grant, as part of the Community Organisation Cost of Living Fund announced by the Chancellor in the Spring Budget. 

The Harlow Advice Centre is an amazing charity that offers a vital frontline service, providing free legal advice, information, advocacy and representation to thousands of Harlow residents. I would like to say a massive thank you to all their employees who help so many and I am glad that the Government has recognised their indispensable work.” 

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8 Comments for Harlow Advice Centre receive welcome cash boost:

Luke Burton
2023-12-28 10:07:20

Hypocritical MP takes credit for this after 13-years of supporting and voting for deep, savage cuts to the criminal justice system and legal aid.

voteforme
2023-12-28 14:28:54

I note that citizens advice received £60900 from the CJF (community justice fund) in the year to 31/3/23. Is the £75000 in the article an additional sum or is the CCLF actually the CJF under a different name?

gary roberts
2023-12-28 15:03:49

I have referred people to the Harlow Advice Centre who had financial problems and benefit issues. They reported back that their professionalism and outcomes were excellent. It was also welcome that a face to face meeting was their approach. As for Mr. Halfon, well his disgusting government have caused many of the problems they deal with. The local CAB did not rate due to their phone call only approach.

Ellis Dawson
2023-12-28 15:53:34

it would be great to hear from the Harlow Advice Centre directly as I'm sure the hard work for applying for the grant was borne by them. we're all well aware that Mr. Halfon has taken an active disinterest in supporting the Harlow community.

Cliff Moore
2023-12-28 18:51:55

Well this is at long last a welcome bit of news for this marvellous organisation. It only survives due to the extreme diligence of the core staff, trustees and management in keeping the public spirited nature of this organisation going. This is despite the lack of local funding from Harlow Council who for some reason chose to spend their advice service grant with another organisation. I have met many people (including myself) who have been helped by advice and legal help so needed at crisis time in life. In fact the organisation was in its heyday able to recover much more legally owed debts for Harlow people than it cost to run - resulting in more actual spending cash in the local economy. I say all this as Cliff Moore - former chair of the Friends of Harlow Advice Centre.

Sue Jones
2023-12-29 11:07:18

Thank you for the positive comments about the service. The financial and other support we receive from funders, community leaders, and local residents is greatly appreciated. The Community Cost of Living Fund (CCLF) grant is a welcome boost. Sadly, demand for the Advice Centre's services is extremely high. It reflects the difficult circumstances faced by many people. The £60,900 awarded by the Community Justice Foundation (CJF), referred to in an earlier comment, is a different grant. It was awarded to Harlow Advice Centre in 2022, not Harlow Citizens Advice. Harlow Advice Centre provides specialist level advice on benefits, housing, and debt. Sue Jones, Head of Service, Harlow Advice Centre, 1st Floor Central Library, Harlow, CM20 1HA.

Sue Jones
2023-12-29 11:07:36

Thank you for the positive comments about the service. The financial and other support we receive from funders, community leaders, and local residents is greatly appreciated. The Community Cost of Living Fund (CCLF) grant is a welcome boost. Sadly, demand for the Advice Centre's services is extremely high. It reflects the difficult circumstances faced by many people. The £60,900 awarded by the Community Justice Foundation (CJF), referred to in an earlier comment, is a different grant. It was awarded to Harlow Advice Centre in 2022, not Harlow Citizens Advice. Harlow Advice Centre provides specialist level advice on benefits, housing, and debt. Sue Jones, Head of Service, Harlow Advice Centre, 1st Floor Central Library, Harlow, CM20 1HA.

Kel
2023-12-29 11:41:43

I will always recommend harlow advice services over CAB. Much more personal approach, and independent from the council unlike CAB. Congratulations on your grant 👏

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