South Lakeland Citizens Advice Bureau to close

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A Citizens Advice Bureau in Cumbria is to close because of a funding shortfall.

Offices in Kendal and Ulverston have become "financially unviable", the charity said.

South Lakeland Citizens Advice chair John Dersley said the decision had been made with "great regret".

A closure date will be announced shortly. Eleven part-time staff and 40 volunteers currently provide the service.

Mr Dersley said: "We are only too aware that high quality, free, independent advice is an essential service for the local communities in Kendal and Ulverston, especially as people struggle to cope in the current economic climate."

Trustees of the bureau are working with the national organisation in an effort to ensure people in South Lakeland can still access advice services.

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