MP demands CAB funding is protected

MP Marion Fellows visits Motherwell and Wishaw CAB
MP Marion Fellows visits Motherwell and Wishaw CAB

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows believes the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) must be protected from a potential cut in its funding.

With Scotland’s budget facing a five per cent cut over the next five years, North Lanarkshire Council is implementing around £45m of savings over the next two years.

The council is considering a review of posts within advisory services together with external grant funding to save £782,000, which could affect CAB which receives £500,000 a year.

However, Mrs Fellows says the work CAB does is too important to be threatened.

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

“CAB has 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 helping those suffering at the hands of the Tories’ welfare sanction regime and discriminatory immigration policy.

Council leader Jim McCabe said the council has tried to protect the services which provide support to the most vulnerable people.

“If he really means what he says it would be contradictory to cut the CAB’s funding as 95 per cent of people who use its services are vulnerable individuals.”