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West Berkshire Citizens Advice launches cuts petition

'Nowhere to go for vulnerable people'

West Berkshire Citizens Advice launches cuts petition

THE district’s most vulnerable people could be left with “nowhere else to go” if proposals to cut funding to the Citizens Advice service goes ahead

The organisation has warned that its services will be significantly reduced if West Berkshire Council’s plans to cut its grant by £60,000 next year go ahead.

As a locally-funded charity, the council grant allows Citizens Advice to pay for its free advice service which helps people in West Berkshire deal with issues such as redundancy, debt and benefits.

A petition against the proposed cut was launched last week and has so far been signed by 143 people.

On the petition page, it says: “Anyone can be an illness or a redundancy away from needing Citizens Advice.

“We understand the difficult financial challenge the council faces. 

“However, further reducing our service will be a false economy as some of the issues will have to be dealt with by the council instead, putting them under even more pressure.   

“Other West Berkshire residents may have nowhere else to go for help since there is no other comparable service in West Berkshire.”

The service aims to provide information and advice and give people the skills to face problems in the future. 

It also helps people to develop their money management skills, provides consumer education across the community and campaigns on issues such as scams and payday loans.

In 2015/16 alone, Citizens Advice helped West Berkshire residents be better off to the tune of more than £640,000.

On the petition page it adds: “Please support our campaign to ensure people in West Berkshire can continue to access free and independent advice when they need it.”

Christopher Read, from Bucklebury, left a comment saying: “It is an important service for people with no one to turn to.”

To sign the petition, visit https://www.change.org/p/
protect-citizens-advice-service-in-west-berkshire?recruiter =644256338&utm_source= share_petition&utm_medium =twitter&utm_campaign =share_twitter_responsive

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  • hgv1driver

    hgv1driver

    11/12/2016 - 20:08

    Yes we need some new blood at West Berkshire Council there has been bad calls recently actually all year i am so angry

    Reply

  • Solonge

    09/12/2016 - 23:11

    So.....the council is hitting the hard up once again. First by trying to remove nearly all the areas libraries...then the buses, day centres, reduction in home care and now Citizens Advice....I would advise citizens to vote for other councillors next time around.

    Reply

    • NewburyLad

      10/12/2016 - 09:09

      How much more council tax are *YOU* prepared to pay each month to ensure these services continue? £50, £100? Or alternatively, what areas would you take the money from, to put onto these services?

      Reply

  • Solonge

    09/12/2016 - 23:11

    So.....the council is hitting the hard up once again. First by trying to remove nearly all the areas libraries...then the buses, day centres, reduction in home care and now Citizens Advice....I would advise citizens to vote for other councillors next time around.

    Reply

  • Solonge

    09/12/2016 - 23:11

    So.....the council is hitting the hard up once again. First by trying to remove nearly all the areas libraries...then the buses, day centres, reduction in home care and now Citizens Advice....I would advise citizens to vote for other councillors next time around.

    Reply

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