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The work of Wychavon’s Citizens Advice Bureau was praised by local MP Peter Luff on a visit to the organisation’s main offices on Friday (22nd).

The Mid Worcestershire MP met the bureau manager, Ruth Davies and Bryan McGinity a Trustee and the Treasurer of Wychavon CAB.

During their hour-long meeting they discussed the future of the bureau itself and its funding arrangements, issues around contracting services from various government departments, the need for face-to-face money advice, the provision of county court services, changes to benefit rules, the future of Sure Start services and the general impact of the spending cuts announced on Wednesday. They also talked about the impact of the decision of the government to merge aspects of the work of Consumer Focus into CABs.

Commenting, Peter said,

“The work of CABs up and down the country is literally priceless. The help and advice they provide to some of our most vulnerable people is outstanding.

“I have always sought to keep close to Wychavon CAB and to understand the issues its clients confront. We have worked closely together over all my time in Parliament, referring people to each other to make sure they get the best possible service. I have been consistently impressed by the advice offered to my constituents by the professional staff and volunteers of the Bureau.

“The decision to merge aspects of the taxpayer funded consumer advice provided through Consumer Focus into CABs is a huge vote of confidence in the organisation – but it will bring its own challenges, I am sure. It’s certain to mean much more work from next year.

“Wychavon CAB has also been an invaluable source of advice to me about a range of social issues. The insight they can offer from a wide range of experience is unique. Quite simply we would be a poorer community without their work.”


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