7th January 2016

Motherwell and Wishaw MP, Marion Fellows, has backed support for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau ahead of Tory austerity and NLC cuts.

A few weeks ago, Chancellor George Osborne announced a 5% cut to Scotland’s budget over the next five years impacting public services.

Mrs Fellows said:

It is absolutely necessary that the Citizens’ Advice Bureau is well funded so that it may continue to provide its invaluable services to local people.

CAB have assisted a number of my constituents by offering services and guidance on a range of topics. I especially commend them on the work they do to help those who are suffering at the hands of the Tories’ welfare sanction regime and discriminatory immigration policy.

Council Leader, Jim McCabe, has said that the Council has tried to protect the services which provide support to the most vulnerable people.

If the Council Leader really means what he says it would be contradictory to cut the CAB’s funding as 95% of people who use their services are vulnerable individuals.  Many people prefer not to contact Council Services for help and the Citizens Advice Bureau serves a direct need in our community.

CAB provides communities in Motherwell, Wishaw and Bellshill with access to their rights. To remove, or even reduce the service, would be a great loss to our communities.