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Citizens Advice Closure Fears

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:20pm 17th April 2012.

It is feared a funding shortfall could close Bude's Citizens Advice Bureau.

Bosses say they are giving six months notice on offices in the town, because cash to keep it running has not yet been allocated.

The service has already scaled back from three days a week to Mondays only.

500 locals have asked for help in the last year, with everything from debts and disability to benefits and housing.

Steve Davis is CEO of Bude, Torridge and Holsworthy CAB.

He said shutting the service will hit vulnerable people in North Cornwall: "It's debt that's threatening their livelihoods or their homes, can't pay rent, can't pay the mortgage, can't pay utility bills. It's an increasing problem. In Bude, as in many parts of our country these days, there are many vulnerable people who need the services of the Citizens Advice Bureau.

"I dread the thought or prospect of there not being a CAB service in that part of Cornwall. Hopefully the problem can be resolved, but at the end of the day, like anything, unfortunately it comes down to funding."

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