Issue 11, January 2018

Matters

Council grants £119,000 to Citizens Advice

We have formally agreed to contribute £119,404 to help Citizens Advice provide their valuable services in Mid Sussex over the next 12 months.

The Citizens Advice Service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everybody, whatever the problem. They link to a network of over 300 local charities across England and Wales, helping people to resolve a range of issues from problems with benefits and tax credits to the impact of a breakdown of family relationships.

The Council has provided financial support for the local Citizens Advice Service for many years as part of a county wide funding agreement with West Sussex County Council. The County Council is preparing a new two-year agreement, with the option to extend for a further two years, that will see all District and Borough Councils join with West Sussex County Council to jointly fund the Citizens Advice Service in West Sussex. In the meantime, we have agreed that we will extend the current funding arrangement until March 2019, providing the Citizen’s Advice Service with £119,404 over the next 12 months.

In Mid Sussex there are Citizens Advice drop-in centres in the three major towns of Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath. In 2016/17 the Central & South Sussex Citizens Advice, which serves Mid Sussex, helped 24,608 people to deal with 55,646 issues.

Almost three quarters of Citizens Advice Service clients said their problem caused anxiety and financial difficulty, so the support services they provide make a real difference to the wellbeing of local people.

For more information about the services provided by Citizens Advice call their Adviceline on 0344 477 1171 or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk.

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