Chard Town Council Acts to save CAB services in Chard
Chard Town Council is pleased to announce that it has taken a decision to provide grant funding to the Citizens Advice Bureau following reductions in funding from Somerset County Council.
Angela Kerr, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) South Somerset attended Chard Town Council’s meeting on Monday 15th July and requested support for continued funding for the CAB’s work in Chard. The Town Council considered the request and voted unanimously to support the proposal.
On hearing the Council’s decision Angela said “We are delighted by the support of Chard Town Council that will enable us to provide specialist casework support to the residents of Chard.”
The Mayor of Chard Cllr. Jason Baker added “The Council felt it could not sit back and see Chard lose this service following cuts from the County Council. We felt that we had to step in to underwrite this service which supports and helps so many people in Chard. This grant will allow the Citizens Advice service to continue to supply a dedicated case worker in Chard for 2 days a week who will be able to help vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals with complex needs, limited means and who are unable to progress with their issues alone. This includes people living with long-term health conditions, people with mental health support needs, those recovering from illness, people affected by bereavement or family breakdown, those experiencing frailty, disability, isolation, poverty (including fuel poverty), digital exclusion or people with literacy support needs”.
The Council awarded the Citizens Advice Bureau the sum of £11,841 for the year payable in quarterly instalments.