CAB in plea to town council for funding

Driffield Citizens Advice Bureau Pictured By Pam Stanforth ps1402-7a

Driffield Citizens Advice Bureau Pictured By Pam Stanforth ps1402-7a

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The cost of providing a citizen’s advice bureau service in Driffield stands at more than £9,000 a year, it has been revealed.

But there is a £4,000 shortfall in funding - and cash is needed to make sure the services continue.

The Hull and East Riding Citizen’s Advice Bureau has asked Driffield town council whether it can make a contribution to reduce the shortfall.

The matter was discussed on Tuesday when councillors decided to debate the matter during future budget discussions.

The citizens advice bureau provides free, impartial and confidential general advice to people from a portable building at West Garth, Mill Street, on issues such as debt, welfare benefits, housing, consumer and many more.

The Driffield branch is open on Thursdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm by appointments (Tel 0300 3300 888).

In the last year, the CAB dealt with more than 400 enquiries from the Driffiled area.

Of those, 44% were concerning benefits and 31% were about debts.

Other enquiries were concerned with employment problems, housing, relationships and consumer matters.

Yvonne Kurvits, generalist services manager, said: “At the present moment, we receive money from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Money Advice Service which funds our debt service.

“The funding provided by the ERYC equates to 50p per head of population, which limits the service we can provide.

She told the town council: “We have calculated the cost of providing our service to the population of Driffield at £9,095 per year and deducted the proportion of ERYC funding which equates to your population, totalling £5,082.

“The shortfall funding amounts to £4,014 for the current year and we would be happy to provide evidence of this figure if required.”

“We should be very grateful for any contribution the council may feel able to make to reduce this shortfall and ensure our service continues.”

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