Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry CAB starts a campaign to save it from closure

A Coventry debt advice centre is facing closure after it was announced government funding would be cut.

Coventry Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has now launched an online petition to try to save the office from closure.

Campaigners claim the service has helped 7,500 families in the Coventry area in the past five years, saved 267 homes and managed £28m of debt.

Geoffrey Robinson, Labour MP for Coventry North West, said the closure would result in the loss of nine jobs.

He said: "They are cutting their level of funding so drastically that they become incapable of providing a service to the most vulnerable people in our community.

"Many people will be left with no service or no advice because there is no alternative source of advice available or that is suitable."

He said early signs indicated that Coventry CAB was having its funding cut overall by £500,000 in the next financial year with the withdrawal of government funding and external grants.

The government said this week current funding for the CAB was haphazard but such services were important and should be supported.

Coventry CAB said in a statement that alongside other bureaux it intended to collect thousands of signatures from people who use the service and present them to the government for their consideration.

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