The demand for reliable debt advice has been growing at a rapid pace for a number of years and as a result of the recession it’s unlikely to change. The financial inclusion fund remains in place for the next year however Citizens Advice Bureaus continue to face cuts from local authority.
Unfortunately some Citizens Advice Bureaus may close or only open on a part time basis, for example Eastwood and Beeston CAB in Nottingham is being forced to reduce their service. The Nottingham based charity are considering whether to simply open for 2 days a week putting 18 jobs at risk, along with 65 volunteers.
The reason for CAB offices failing to cope is due to the high demand for their service which can no longer be supported financially due to budgetary cuts. It was suggested that the CAB financial problem would be fixed when the financial inclusion fund was re-instated, however this may not be the case.