Citizen Advice sessions in South Ockendon cease “due to cuts”

CITIZENS Advice Bureau will no longer be providing a surgery at the South Ockendon Centre due to funding cuts.

A message has been placed on the South Ockendon Centre page on Facebook.

If you would like to visit CAB please attend:

Thurrock Citizens Advice Bureau

The Beehive Voluntary & Community Resource Centre
West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP

Advice Line 24hrs – 03444 770 808

Monday: 9:30 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00
Tuesday: 9:30 – 12:00
Wednesday: 9:30 – 12:00
Thursday: 9:30 – 12:00
Friday: 9:30 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00

The Thurrock Independent candidate for the Ockendon By-election, Allen Mayes said “It has been truly upsetting to see what once was one of the largest and most well used advice centres in the country whittled away to the point that they are facing yet another absolute crisis situation.

Successive council administrations have cut funding again and again whilst paying mere lip service to the wonderful work Thurrock Citizens advice staff have provided our community.

All of this has been done at a time when people have needed these services the most. Wages have flatlined whilst the cost of living has skyrocketed.

I and Thurrock Independents will do everything in our power to return services to Ockendon. We will work in close partnership with Thurrock Citizens Advice to help them restore the service to its former glory.”

The Labour candidate, Les Strange said: “It is very disappointing to hear that the CAB will no longer be running a surgery in Ockendon due to Tory cuts. The CAB is an important service for Ockendon residents and losing access to it could have a major impact on those that need advice.

“Thurrock Labour raised concerns that the CAB cuts were going too far at the February council budget meeting, which is why we moved an amendment asking for an additional £50,000 funding for the forthcoming year. We were the only party to vote in favour of the amendment – surely it’s now time for the Tories and Thurrock Independents to support Labour’s proposed additional funds.

“Sadly this is far from the only local service that is being hit by Tory cuts. From the lost police station to the dirtier streets Ockendon residents have had enough!”

The Conservative candidate, Andrew Jeffries is unavailable for comment.

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