Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Hundreds seek help from advice service

A TOTAL of 864 residents were helped by the Henley and District Citizens Advice Bureau last year.

The most common issues raised by clients were benefits and tax credits (31.5 per cent), debt (16.7 per cent), employment (11.8 per cent), housing (10.6 per cent) and relationships (8.7 per cent).

The statistics, which cover the year to March 31, are the first since the bureau in Henley Market Place merged with the Thame, Didcot and Abingdon bureaux in March last year in order to safeguard their future.

Tom Fox, director of the Henley bureau, said: “In recent years it has become more difficult for small CABs to keep pace with an increasingly complex legislative programme and to react to a relentlessly deteriorating funding environment.

“Prior to our merger, each of the four bureaux lay in the lowest quartile nationally in terms of size. Our combined income had fallen in real terms by 10 per cent over the previous four years.

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