Every year 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 3500 community locations across the UK including a local branch in Erith.
At the event, Teresa pledged:
“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.”
Funding cuts pose a significant threat to the Citizens Advice service and bureaux capacity to provide help to those who need it. This financial year Citizens Advice Bureaux in England and Wales have already seen a 7% drop in the total number of people they were able to help as a direct result of cuts to funding.
“I know that advice given by the local Erith Citizen’s Advice Bureau really can change people’s lives. I will fight for their funding because they help people get a handle on their problems before they spiral out of control – often saving the Government money further down the line. They are also a valuable source of support for people at crisis point who don’t know where else to turn. The service must be properly resourced.”