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Clitheroe Citizen's Advice announces opening hours cuts

Staff at Clitheroe Citizens Advice Bureau
Staff at Clitheroe Citizens Advice Bureau
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Ribble Valley Citizens Advice has recorded financial gains of £87,672 for people so far this year - money directly into their pockets in the form of charity payments or benefit awards.

However, due to budget cuts, the office, situated in Wesleyan Row, will be closed on Fridays from July 1st.
Manager, Katy Marshall, explained: “Every year our work results in gains to the local population far greater than our grant from Ribble Valley Borough Council.
“In the first three months of this year, our gains of £87,672 substantially exceeded our total annual grant of £51,500.
“It’s not all about money, although for every pound we receive from the council we raise £3 in money for people in the Ribble Valley. We bring many other advantages to people through our help and support.
“Every local Citizens Advice is an independent registered charity relying on donations and grants and we are constantly seeking new funding sources. In recent times this has become more difficult and we are currently awaiting responses from the Big Lottery Fund and housing developers. “We need the support of our local community and our team of trained volunteers, who nationally number more than 20,000, are supported and supervised by our experienced paid staff to deliver free, impartial, confidential advice and also help influence policy makers.
“Unfortunately, the reduction in our funding means we have to reduce the hours and pay of our part-time paid staff in order to make ends meet.
“This means that from July 1st, we will close on Fridays, opening on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
“We will endeavour to maintain the high quality of service to our local community for which we are widely respected. We are a vital part of the fabric of the community and now with the introduction of Universal Credit and with more and more people being turned down for Employment Support Allowance and Personal Independence Payments, the demand for our service is greater than ever.”
Contact the advice bureau on 01200 427336 or in person at Wesleyan Row, Clitheroe.