MPs Secure Funding Win for CAB

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COUNTY MPs have secured a major funding win to help protect services offered by the South Worcestershire Citizens Advice Bureau after a "rose tinted" view by headquarters had put them at risk.

Sir Peter Luff MP and Harriett Baldwin MP were both lobbied by the CAB after they were informed of proposed cuts in funding.

The Money Advice Service, which offers people advice on financial products and services as well as offering up debt advice, had proposed the fund given to the CAB to offer this would be cut in half.

Both the service and the CAB office in London, had decided there was less demand for this service in the county and they agreed to divert the funds to other areas.

But South Worcestershire CAB chief executive Les Kinmond wrote to both MPs alerting them to the proposal and the pair wrote to the Treasury asking the department to investigate the matter.

This week, the Money Advice Service has written to both MPs confirming the changes have been reversed and the local CAB budgets to offer debt advice locally will be untouched.

Mrs Baldwin said: “I am grateful to Les for raising this issue and pleased that we were able to help the national bodies to re-visit the decision and see sense.

“London-based people often see rural areas with rose-tinted spectacles and assume that we don’t have people with serious problems like money worries or serious debt.

“The MAS was quick to see that this was an unfortunate oversight and reversed the decision in a matter of days.”

Sir Peter added: “The CAB provides vital advice to people in severe difficulties and I am delighted this service has been safeguarded."

And Mr Kinmond said they were grateful for the MPs support.

He said: "This funding is essential to the amount of help we can provide for people with money problems, since the demand is such that we cannot meet it just with our volunteer advisers without additional professional support."

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10:18pm Sat 2 Aug 14

3thinker says...

Brilliant news.

From personal experience its actually quite amazing what a difference to your personal finances the right advice and information can make.

Even on a low income it is possible to make choices that can put you in a better financial position. No matter how hard it may be, the most important thing to avoid is borrowing money from the loan sharks.

It is however a real shame that the local MPs and Councils don't fully support the introduction of a "Living Wage'.

If they did it would give so many more people the pride in being able to support themselves without the need to rely on benefits and in this way decrease the dependency on national government hand outs and local government support.

Its concerning that so much is invested in trying to track down so-called benefit cheats when there are so many better off people benefitting from tax avoidance. Perhaps time to rebalance the way that Government and society looks at this. With the correct advice and support I'm convinced that more could pull themselves out of poverty and reduce the demands on the welfare state. I'm sure the majority of those who are over reliant on benefits would agree that this is ask what they'd prefer.

Its good to see some new moves to rein in the excesses of the money lenders and promote credit unions, but much more news to be done to make the banks more responsible in terms of meeting the needs of those on lower incomes.

Perhaps it would actually be better not to re-privatise the banks we, the tax payers bailed out and instead ensue they better meet the needs of local communities and also local businesses that are also finding it difficult to raise the funding they need to generate increased profits and employment opportunities.
Brilliant news. From personal experience its actually quite amazing what a difference to your personal finances the right advice and information can make. Even on a low income it is possible to make choices that can put you in a better financial position. No matter how hard it may be, the most important thing to avoid is borrowing money from the loan sharks. It is however a real shame that the local MPs and Councils don't fully support the introduction of a "Living Wage'. If they did it would give so many more people the pride in being able to support themselves without the need to rely on benefits and in this way decrease the dependency on national government hand outs and local government support. Its concerning that so much is invested in trying to track down so-called benefit cheats when there are so many better off people benefitting from tax avoidance. Perhaps time to rebalance the way that Government and society looks at this. With the correct advice and support I'm convinced that more could pull themselves out of poverty and reduce the demands on the welfare state. I'm sure the majority of those who are over reliant on benefits would agree that this is ask what they'd prefer. Its good to see some new moves to rein in the excesses of the money lenders and promote credit unions, but much more news to be done to make the banks more responsible in terms of meeting the needs of those on lower incomes. Perhaps it would actually be better not to re-privatise the banks we, the tax payers bailed out and instead ensue they better meet the needs of local communities and also local businesses that are also finding it difficult to raise the funding they need to generate increased profits and employment opportunities. 3thinker
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