SOLIHULL’S three Citizens Advice Bureaux will not face any financial cuts - as council bosses praise the positive role they play in the community.
While Birmingham City Council caused uproar when it recently announced it was to cut £600,000 in funding to its five Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) offices, Solihull councillors have pledged to support what they see as a vital service.
On Tuesday March 1, a full Solihull Council meeting approved plans to keep funds for the borough’s three offices at the same level as last year - news which will come as a great relief to the Chelmsley Wood, Shirley and Solihull offices, who have all seen a surge of visitors since the recession hit.
Leader of the Council, Ian Hedley, said he was “adamant” that not a penny would be cut from the CAB funding - describing them as a “priority” due to the important work they do in helping people who have been affected by cuts across the region.
“Those are the ones that are going to need the support more than ever from the likes of the Citizens Advice Bureau,” Coun Hedley told the Solihull News.
“What I’m really worried about is that we don’t reduce the ability of the voluntary societies.”
Speaking to the Solihull News, manager of the Shirley CAB, Maria Veitch, said: “I have to say Solihull Council have been very good to us, it really is good news.”