Extra Funding For Aylesbury Advice Centre

3 February 2013, 11:44

The Citizen's Advice Bureau in Aylesbury is getting £170,000 from the council after seeing a rise in demand for services.

The bureau is dealing with more people struggling to get off benefits and into work as well as those with debt problems.

The money from Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) covers the next three years with a review after two years.

The bureau, which has offices in Aylesbury and Buckingham and an outreach service in Winslow, provides free, independent, confidential advice to anyone on their rights and responsibilities. 

The service relies on highly skilled, trained volunteers committed to giving their time to help their local communities. 

The Aylesbury and District and Buckingham and District CABs will receive £93,000 and £77,371 respectively, an increase of three per cent. 

Councillor Pam Pearce, Cabinet Member for Community Matters, said: "The CAB provides a vitally important service to the residents of Aylesbury Vale, helping them with a vast range of queries. 

"While the funding AVDC has is limited, in providing such a substantial amount of money to help keep the service running it shows how highly we regard the excellent work it carries out."

Jonathan Clover, Manager of Aylesbury CAB, said: "Aylesbury and District CAB is extremely grateful for the recognition of the value of our work by the district council reflected in the new Service Level Agreement and the increased grant payment.

"AVDC has shown considerable support to Aylesbury CAB, both from councillors and officers, as well as a generous financial commitment, which is particularly appreciated in difficult economic circumstances."