Pressure on funds at Daventry Citizens Advice Bureau

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Funding is likely to continue being squeezed says one of Daventry’s key advice services.

Citizens Advice Daventry and District (CADD) held its AGM on Tuesday last week, with the audience being told the pressure on its funding is likely to continue.

CADD is part of the national Citizens Advice Group, and operates as an independent charity. It gives free and impartial advice and support to local people on a range of issues.

The group’s own funding is being squeezed at exactly the same time the numbers of people using it are rising as they are also facing problems due to welfare cuts and the general economy.

Stephen Hupfield, chairman of the board of trustees, told the meeting: “We continue to operate in a challenging and changing environment that is affecting both CADD and our clients. In March 2015 we were five years into spending cuts under the previous coalition, but we still have four years to go. The cuts are affecting many of our clients who have been hit hardest by the welfare reforms and general decline in the economy.

“CADD could not provide the level of support required without the amazing work of our staff and volunteers, and I cannot thank them enough.”

The group receives funding from a number of sources; Daventry District Council, the county council, Daventry and District Housing, and more. But the audience was told funding is often for specific projects running for a set period and not more general advice services.

Daventry’s MP Chris Heaton-Harris told the AGM that he believed the workload may increase when the welfare cap is reduced. It currently stands at £26,000 a year, and Mr Heaton-Harris said he received no letters from people affected by it. But George Osborne wants to reduce that to £20,000 for those living outside London. Mr Heaton-Harris said he believed that was likely to impact on some families claiming benefits locally.