The BBC has today reported that Birmingham’s CAB is set to close after being told that funding from Birmingham City Council will end:
Ms Davies said Birmingham was the largest Citizens’ Advice Bureau in the country, also delivering a hospital outreach service, outlets in children centres and offering specialist advice about debt and welfare benefits.
“Many of the areas serviced by our Bureaux rank as the most deprived in the country,” she said.
The CAB’s open door service is maintained by money from the city council, she said.
She added the council had decided to cut all funding used to support free and independent advice services.
The forced withdrawal of service will result in as many as 56,000 people in Birmingham facing increasing problems without access to independent advice.”
Instead, the authority is to designate a smaller pot of money open to bids from the organisations which will be allocated in £50,000 blocks. These will not be available until at least August, she said.
CAB is set to end it’s open door service on February 11th, unless alternative funding can be found.