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Increase the core grant to Ceredigion Citizens Advice Bureau to keep the Aberystwyth branch open

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Aberyswyth has had a Citizens Advice (CAB) service since the 1940s but the core grant of £57,000 that Ceredigion County Council pays to run a CAB service across the county just isn't enough. Ceredigion CAB will be forced to close its Aberystwyth office in June 2014 and run the service by telephone from Cardigan, unless the council will agree now to increase its grant. Over the last 9 years the grant to Ceredigion CAB has fallen year on year in real terms, and this year it has suffered a further 5% cut, whilst costs and demand are rising. If you want to see a face-to-face service remain in Aberystwyth, please sign this petition and support us to make a case for the additional funds we need - which is at least a further £70,000 per year.

Our clients come from all walks of life, and we see anyone, always free of charge. We are independent, impartial and non-judgemental. Our trained volunteer advisers and experienced paid supervisers help people with their money, benefit, debt, employment, housing and other issues and we are the only organisation in the county to provide this holistic service. We see well over 4,000 individual clients each year and deal with over 12,000 seperate cases, with at least half our enquiries coming through the Aberystwyth office. This year alone, we have secured gains for our clients of over £2.4 million, and our clients see us as a lifeline when they have nowhere else to turn.

Signing and sharing this petition will help us show the council the support that exists in the local community for our service and the impact that we make. Please sign and share.

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