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7:05am 30th January 2013

Staff at a charity helping some of Cornwall's financially worst hit are getting redundancy notices.

Citizens Advice admits the majority of paid workers will get them.

It has ten offices stretching from Bude to Saltash and Penzance.

The news comes a day after the council decided to make the Duchy's poorest pay hundreds of pounds more in council tax.

Sue Swift is chair of the Cornwall CAB Trust Board. In a statement she said: "The ending of Legal Services Commission (LSC) funding for most benefits, debt, housing and employment cases will inevitably impact our ability to offer specialist  casework in these crucial areas.

"We recognise that this is an extremely worrying time for staff ,and we are working with them and our partners to keep any job losses to a minimum.

"We are grateful to them and to our voluntary staff for maintaining services to clients despite the uncertainty."

It is understood a reduced number of posts will be available and staff will be able to apply for one of these.

Yesterday the council approved a plan to force people receiving council tax benefits in Cornwall to pay at least 25% of the bill.

Ironically, councillors approved a plan to give CAB £150,000 to help provide advice and support for those now facing bills of hundreds of pounds a year.

"We are facing a very difficult decision and need to act now to avoid leaving the new Council with an unmanageable black hole" said Council Leader Jim Currie. "Using council tax payers' money to maintain the current level of council tax support would mean Cornwall Council was subsidising the national welfare system. With further cuts expected in our funding from the Government in the coming years and increasing demand on our services, we would have no choice but to cut frontline services."

A plan to cut the amount the council spends on consultants and temporary staff by £4.2m was rejected.

7:05am 30th January 2013

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