Is the Thurrock Citizens Advice Bureau under threat of closure?

TO BE FAIR, it was clearly written on the label. Back in 2012, council leader John Kent, when discussing cuts did indicate that the worst is yet to come.

In recent weeks, the news that community transport service, Transvol could have their funding cut by £100,000 raised fear and alarm throughout the borough.

Now it appears that the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) are next in the fiscal line of fire as the council goes about trying to save £40 million.

Despite the fact that the CAB have been working with Thurrock Council for nearly forty years, there does not seem to be a lot of love lost between the two organisations. We are sure this is all to do with fiscal realpolitik and not the settling of scores.

A spokesperson for the CAB will be submitting a question to the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny committee at Thurrock Council on Thursday (July 24th).

YT understands that the question is as follows:

“Thurrock CAB, a local registered charity, has been working in partnership with Thurrock council for nearly 40 years and was originally set up by the council in the 1970’s. If the funding withdrawal proposed by officers in this item goes ahead the bureau will close to the public, thereby increasing the pressure on statutory services and budgets as over 7000 residents use the service every year.

“In addition to the increased cost of helping people with nowhere else to go, are the committee aware that just the value of our volunteers to the local community is put at £195,500 (based on ONS data) every year and that many of them go on to obtain paid work after the excellent training and increased confidence they receive, can the committee comment as to how this will be a saving?

We will follow this with interest.

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