£1.7m for housing and education advice lines in Wales

Two free specialist advice services are to be set up after ministers awarded £1.7m to projects backed by Citizens Advice Cymru.

The charity is launching a £1.3m service with Shelter Cymru to advise on specialist housing, debt and benefits.

It has also received £390,000 to run an advice service with the specialist education charity SNAP Cymru.

Director Fran Targett said Citizens Advice Cymru had long shown such advice cut pressure on local services.

She said: "Every day, our bureaux in Wales are seeing an increase in demand for help by those struggling to have a decent standard of living many in the face of welfare changes and rising living costs and this is likely to continue for many years to come.

"We have demonstrated time and time again the value of free independent advice, both in supporting people in difficulties and in reducing pressures on local services and the funding will make a contribution towards preventing further poverty and hardship."

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