Huppert pledges to support struggling Citizens Advice service
November 16, 2011
A pledge to support future funding for the Citizens Advice service has been signed by Cambridge MP Julian Huppert during an event at Parliament.
Julian attended the re-launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Citizens Advice and joined 50 other MPs in giving his support to the service.
There are concerns around the country about funding for Citizens Advice Bureaux. Here in Cambridge, the City Council has already responded to the concerns by giving Cambridge CAB a 25 per cent increase in its funding to more than £200,000 – the single biggest grant to any voluntary organisation.
But Julian is anxious to ensure that everything possible is being done to make the government recognise how vital the service is in providing high quality advice and advocacy in Cambridge and nationally.
He said: “Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau is helping people on a daily basis, giving them crucial advice which can really change their lives.
“When people are at crisis point, it could be this advice which turns around their situation. We cannot afford to lose our Citizens Advice Bureaux; if we do we will lose the raft of free local services they provide and people will suffer as a result.”
By signing the pledge Julian promised: "I will do all I can to ensure that the Citizens Advice service has the funding it needs to continue providing vital and high quality advice and advocacy in my local community and across the country."
Every year nationally Citizens Advice Bureaux help over two million clients with over seven million problems, providing support to people who often have nowhere else to turn, from over 3,500 community locations across the UK.
But this financial year bureaux across England and Wales have already seen a seven per cent drop in the total number of people they were able to help as a direct result of cuts to funding.
“We cannot allow these cuts to continue,” added Julian. “In Cambridge, our city council has recognised the immense value of this service and stepped forward to help. Nationally, Vince Cable has announced an extra £27 million in the Financial Inclusion Fund, which will help CABs, but there is still more for the government to do.”