Cuts in store for Citizens Advice

Nick Cater

Citizens Advice, the national charity supporting local bureaux around the UK, is being forced to make sharp cuts in its £31m budget after its biggest funder reduced its support.

The Department of Trade & Industry has cut £4m from its annual commitment of £23.5m for Citizens Advice's work after its own budget was reduced.

Citizens Advice hopes to meet the shortfall with budget savings, efficiency improvements and additional income. The company's IT services, support for bureaux, premises and training are all expected to face the biggest cuts. It is now cutting across the organisation.

Citizens Advice said it would try not to disproportionately affect local bureaux, staff or volunteers.

The final decision on the cuts and any job losses will be taken by Citizens Advice trustees in December or early next year.

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