Funding crisis looms at CABs

Manager Rachel Barlow and caseworker Jane Ford with client Susan Arthington at the North Lancashire Citizen's Advice Bureau's Lancaster branch.

Manager Rachel Barlow and caseworker Jane Ford with client Susan Arthington at the North Lancashire Citizen's Advice Bureau's Lancaster branch.

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PEOPLE on low incomes who are going through crises in their lives will lose vital help amid proposed legal aid cuts, local Citizens Advice Bureau bosses are warning.

The North Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), which has branches in Lancaster and Morecambe, is currently funded by the Legal Services Commission (LSC), which pays for caseworkers to provide legal help to people who have serious problems with their housing, employment, welfare benefits or debts.

But if the planned cuts go through the bureau will lose the £225,210 in LSC funding it was due to receive this year.

The cash pays for six case workers and three administration staff across the CAB’s branches in King Street, Lancaster and Queen Street, Morecambe.

They would lose their jobs if it is withdrawn.

See the Lancaster Guardian (07-07-11) for full story.