Maintain funding to the local CAB and scrap the idea of a new advice charity in Walsall.
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We recognise that Walsall Council is facing difficult decisions in an era of continued austerity but cutting funding to Walsall CAB by £100,000 in 2016-2017 and withdrawing funding altogether in 2017-2018 is the wrong decision for the town and its residents.
Walsall CAB has been providing an essential service to the people of Walsall since the outbreak of the Second World War. For over 75 years the team of dedicated staff and volunteers have made a real difference to the lives of thousands of local people. The core principles of the service are that it is free, impartial, independent and totally confidential.
In 2014-2015 Walsall CAB dealt with over 50,000 issues from 44,000 separate client contacts, far more than any of the neighbouring boroughs (excepting Birmingham which is three times the size of Walsall). We deal with emergency and crisis issues for clients on a daily basis along with more standard enquiries, and we assist some of the most vulnerable people in our community which reduces the burden on already overstretched public services.
Volunteers account for around half the staff at Citizens Advice Walsall, and they make a tremendous contribution to the service, they are able to expand their skills and personal development while making a tangible difference to the local community in the town.
The Bureau is urging local people to rally round and support the CAB via the Council’s consultation process by emphasising the following:
- The Council is undermining an existing much needed voluntary service at a time when it is looking to the voluntary sector to deliver more services.
- Creating a new charitable trust makes no sense and contradicts the Council’s smarter working approach.
- The CAB brings in an additional £500,000 every year from other sources
Walsall CAB is part of the national Citizens Advice framework and is able to draw upon specialist help and support for its clients
- Walsall CAB has over 40 volunteers on its books who are attracted by quality training and support via a nationally recognised advice network
- Walsall CAB doesn’t just provide welfare benefits advice – the CAB helps people with debt, housing, employment, immigration, consumer and much more
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