£1m milestone for CAB service
Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:16
Loughborough Echo 27.4.2016
by Matt Jarram
An Information, debt and advice service has managed to record financial outcomes of more than £1m for its clients over the last year.
Charnwood Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), based in Woodgate, Loughborough, is an independent charity offering free, confidential, independent and impartial information and advice to those who live or work in Charnwood.
CAB says it is delighted to report that in the year 2015/16 the service recorded financial outcomes of £1.1m – this is income it has gained for its clients by helping them claim refunds on goods and services, unpaid wages and redundancy payments, rent deposits and tax rebates.
Paula Tobin, chief officer and operations manager, said: "We have supported clients in claiming charitable grants and the benefits to which they are entitled. We have helped clients manage their debt, challenge liability, renegotiate repayments and write-offs".
"It is not just our clients who benefit from these gains but the local economy as more money in the pockets of local people means more to be spent in local shops and businesses".
"Many people think we are a Government department or a branch of a national charity, and this is a misconception we really need to dispel. We are, in fact a local, independent charity; we receive no national funding. We do not benefit from TV advertising or national fund-raising campaigns. We don't cold call for donations. We don't pull on heart strings. We don't run coffee mornings".
"Since 2008 over 100 bureau across the country have closed or been lost through merger. Derby City CAB is under threat – if it closes Derby will be the first city in the UK not to have a CAB. We are very lucky in Charnwood as we continue to be supported by both Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council".
"However, other funding streams have dried up and things are very tight but we can avoid the fate of other CABs with the support of our local community.
Just 50p a month for each adult in the borough would secure our future".