Monday, 11 June 2018

Use chief executive 'windfall' to fund Citizens' Advice - Plaid





Plaid Cymru councillors have made a case to keep Wrexham's Citizens' Advice centre open - by using funds saved from not having a permanent chief executive in post over the past nine months.

Plaid group leader Marc Jones said the Citizens' Advice centre on Grosvenor Road was a huge asset to the borough and had dealt with more than 5,000 cases last year alone.

He said:

"At a time when more and more people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, access services and get independent advice, it's vital we have the expertise and experience of Citizens' Advice available locally.

"The centre is an asset to the people but also to the council - with trustees saying it has saved the authority £200,000 last year.
"It was disappointing that the full council wasn't able to vote on this matter last month and I hope the Executive Board tomorrow will see sense and continue to fund the centre in the future. The options on the table are very modest - just £25,000 a year would make a huge difference to the service.
"This is a council that has saved around £100,000 from not employing a permanent chief executive over the past nine months, with one of our executive directors stepping up to carry out the role. This unexpected windfall could be used to benefit a valuable service."
Cllr Jones, who represents the Grosvenor ward where the service is situated, said losing the funding could see the advice centre close and put additional pressure on council officers and services.

• UPDATE: The Executive Board agreed to put £25,000 towards the service. Thanks to everyone who put pressure on the council's ruling clique to change their mind.



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