Two Citizens' Advice Bureaux to merge in Cumbria

Two Citizens' Advice Bureaux (CAB) are to merge in Cumbria in a bid to protect the future of the service.

The organisation raises funds from government contracts, grants and local councils.

According to Eden CAB these do not cover the costs of their local, three day a week, advice service.

It will merge with the office in Carlisle at the start of July. Trustees warn that there will be cuts to some services if more funding is not found.

Although the general advice service is staffed by volunteer advisers, they have the support of a paid supervisor.

Archie Spence, who chairs Eden CAB, said: "A merger with Carlisle CAB means there will still be access to an independent, confidential, free citizens' advice service based in Eden, for the people of Eden."

The Citizens' Advice Bureau delivers services from more than 3,500 locations in England and Wales, run by 382 individual charities.

Eden CAB opened in 1959.

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