£300k coun­cil pledge is big boost for CABs

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

RES­I­DENTS look­ing for ad­vice about fi­nance and legal is­sues have re­ceived a boost af­ter Cheshire East Coun­cil agreed a fund­ing pack­age a char­i­ta­ble helpline.

Cheshire East’s two Cit­i­zen Ad­vice Bureaux (CABs) in the north and south of the bor­ough have re­ceived a grant of £317,990 to split be­tween them.

It of­fers free fi­nan­cial, legal and wel­fare ad­vice to any­one who gets in touch.

Since April 2014, the CABs has dealt with 6,608 face-to-face en­quiries, 1,879 tele­phone calls and 870 emails.

The most com­mon is­sues res­i­dents con­tact the ser­vice about are benefits and tax cred­its, debt, em­ploy­ment, hous­ing and per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

Dur­ing the past year (2014/15), CAB staff have helped res­i­dents to claim £522,000 of ben­e­fit and tax credit to which they were en­ti­tled and sup­ported them with debts to­talling £1.7m.

The cash boost was agreed at a meet­ing of Cheshire East’s cabi­net last month.

Coun­cil­lor David Brown, cabi­net mem­ber in charge of strate­gic com­mu­ni­ties, said: “The CAB ser­vice pro­vides ex­cel­lent ad­vice and help to res­i­dents and it does it com­pletely free of charge.

“This is crit­i­cally im­por­tant to some peo­ple and it helps to en­able res­i­dents to be­come self-re­liant and take per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for their qual­ity of life.

“As a Res­i­dents First Coun­cil, I am pleased to say that we will be con­tin­u­ing to sup­port peo­ple who rely on the work of the CAB.”

The CAB ser­vice pro­vides ad­vice on wel­fare, benefits, debt, hous­ing and em­ploy­ment.

To find out more about the Macclesfield branch, on Sun­der­land Street, Macclesfield, or the ser­vice as a whole, visit its web­site at www. ce­cab-north.org.uk, or call 0844 411 1444.

●● Coun­cil­lor David Brown

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