Is this the end for Thurrock’s Citizens Advice Bureau?

THURROCK Council has refused to rule out pulling the plug on funding for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Thurrock.UKIP spokesperson on Housing, cllr Luke Spillman asked the portfolio holder, cllr Sue McPherson if she would make a number of assurances over the future of the advice service. After the meeting, cllr Luke Spillman said: “Let me be clear, any reduction in council funding will result in the closure of Thurrock Citizens Advice. The fate of Thurrock Citizens Advice lies solely in the hands of this Conservative administration.”I requested a full impact study into the consequences of the closure of Citizens Advice should be presented to full council before any decision to remove funding was taken. This was refused by Cllr MacPherson, an approach that shows the reckless way decisions are being made by this administration.”Removing funding from the service will cost the council more money than it saves. Why would Cllr McPherson not want to check this before removing funding? Surely this would be the very definition of a false economy?”To conclude I asked the question why Thurrock Council cannot find funding for advice services when Southend, Basildon and Castle Point Council can? I, along with members from all parties in Thurrock, found Cllr MacPherson’s response very disappointing.”

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