Birmingham City Council have cut £600,000 grant funding to the city's Citizens Advice Bureau leading to the closure of five advice centres with the loss of 45 FTE jobs not to mention the 80 to 100 volunteers that supported the service. Last year these five offices saw 56,000 people with problems and provided free advice and support. Where do these people go now? It will be interesting to see how decisions such as these fit in with Cameron's Big Society!
We have already had a similar situation in Wrecsam where the Council cut £44,000 of grant funding to Shelter Cymru stating that the Council itself will fill the gap which is a totally flawed argument.
This latest example just goes to show that the whole Third Sector is at risk by the Con Dem austerity measures leaving millions of people vulnerable to all kinds of social problems without proper and affordable advice and support structures.
This decision by Birmingham City Council is extremely short sighted and will come back to haunt them as council services will be unable to cope with the increased demands.
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