Thursday, 31 October 2013

Citizen's Advice Bureau - Cuts and Protests

Bath and North-East Somerset Council are planning to cut the budget of the local Citizen's Advice Bureau by 55%. Many people rely on the services our local CAB provides, and we can't let the council cut the funding.

If you haven't already used the CAB, it's very possible that you or someone you know will need to at some point in their lives. These are some of the reasons why people have needed to use the Bath CAB in the past:

  • Help! I've been diagnosed with a serious illness and I can't work any more - what am I entitled to?
  • Help! I've got rent arrears and I've lost my job. What can I do?
  • Help! My employer sacked me while I was pregnant - can they do this?
  • Help! My landlord threatened to evict my family because I complained that the roof is leaking

The CAB is often the only thing that stands between a lot of people and families becoming "vulnerable and greatest in need".

So what can you do? Three actions have been planned to attempt to get the council to change their minds - if you can help with one or more of these then it will go a long way to helping the campaign.
  1. A petition has been set up on the 38 Degrees website. Sign it and share it everywhere: 
  2. A demo will be taking place on the steps of the Guildhall at 1pm on Tuesday 5th November. If you can make it, please come along and show that you care, and tell your family and friends.
  3. Local resident Lin Patterson has managed to get 3 mins to speak about the CAB at the full council meeting on Thursday 14th November. There will be a demonstration at 6pm outside the Guildhall, just prior to her slot. Please come along and support her!

1 comment:

  1. And come not just to support me, but obviously to support CAB in their campaign against these crazy cuts. The council is saying that other single issue agencies and council services can do the work of CAB. But people go to CAB with complex problems and shouldn't have to travel from one agency to another to get help. CAB and all these agencies are needed. There isn't a problem with duplication, the fact is that demand is skyrocketing. Take a peek at CAB's 2011-2012 Annual Report to see the scope and depth of their service