Citizens Advice response to the announcement of the £65m Advice Service Transition Fund
Responding to the announcement of the £65m Advice Service Transition Fund, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, Gillian Guy said:
"It's vital that services like Citizens Advice, which support people to get through desperate situations, receive the funding we need to continue our important work.
"By supporting people at the very beginning of a problem, we help them to help themselves and save the state £8 for every £2 invested in advice.
"Demand for our services is through the roof in this period of recession and public service reform. At the same time, we've seen a whopping £350m disappear through cuts to legal aid.
"Bureaux have already responded by building effective partnerships with other local charities and the private sector. We are a long way from plugging the gap left by Legal Aid, but Citizens Advice has a strong history of running highly successful partnerships with a diverse range of organisations and we've recently expanded our telephone advice services with corporate support.
"Access to the Advice Service Transition Fund will open the door to help some Citizens Advice Bureaux continue to innovate and adapt to make sure that people get the advice they need when they need it. The advice sector has been squeezed but Citizens Advice and our 21,500 volunteers will not let people down."
Notes to editors:
- The Citizens Advice service comprises a network of local bureaux, all of which are independent charities, the Citizens Advice consumer service and national charity Citizens Advice. Together we help people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and advice and by influencing policymakers. For more see the Citizens Advice website.
- The advice provided by the Citizens Advice service is free, independent, confidential, and impartial, and available to everyone regardless of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, age or nationality.
- To find your local bureau in England and Wales, visit citizensadvice.org.uk. You can also get advice online at adviceguide.org.uk
- You can get consumer advice from the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or 03454 04 05 05 for Welsh language speakers
- Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales advised 2.3 million clients on 5.4 million problems from October 2013 to September 2014. For full 2013/2014 service statistics see our quarterly publication Advice trends
- Citizens Advice service staff are supported by more than 21,000 trained volunteers, working at over 3,000 service outlets across England and Wales.