Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Advice bureaux to share £1m grant

THE Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Henley will receive a share of two grants worth more than £1million.

THE Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Henley will receive a share of two grants worth more than £1million.

Five bureaux, including the one in Market Place, will merge in April to create a larger, more efficient service.

South Oxfordshire District Council will give the CAB £662,480 and the Vale of the White Horse District Council will give £414,852 over a four- year period.

The grants will help pay for ongoing running costs such as staffing, heating, administration, volunteer expenses and rent.

Patricia Mulcahy, who chairs the Henley bureau, said: “We absolutely rely on grants and they are always welcome. The councils realise the needs that there are in different areas so they are not cutting back their support.”

She said the merger would improve back-office efficiency.

“The people of Henley who step in off the street for advice from the bureau shouldn’t notice any real difference,” she said. “It shouldn’t lead to any deterioration in the service and we hope there will be an improvement in expertise.”

Councillor Bill Service, cabinet member for grants at South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “The CAB provides free, expert advice to many thousands of residents every year. It is an absolutely vital service.”

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