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£10 million boost

PUBLISHED: 12:47 04 March 2009 | UPDATED: 15:42 16 August 2010

RESIDENTS are set to benefit after an advice service charity was given a £10million funding boost. Bromley Citizens Advice Bureaus (CABs),

RESIDENTS are set to benefit after an advice service charity was given a £10million funding boost.

Bromley Citizens Advice Bureaus (CABs), of which there are three in the borough, will be able to help an extra 46 people per week with the money which has come from the government.

The service helps people resolve their money, legal and other problems by providing information and free advice. From April 1, the offices, situated in Beckenham and Penge, Bromley and Orpington, will be able to stay open an extra 12 hours per week in total.

Orpington CAB Manager Fleur Jeremiah said: "This is a great vote of confidence in CAB advice and welcome recognition that bureaus need additional support right now.

"As people on low and moderate incomes are struggling to make ends meet at a time of increasing uncertainty about the security of their jobs and incomes, access to reliable, free, independent advice has never been more vital."

The CAB service has seen a large increase in enquiries linked to the economic downturn with sharp rises in people seeking advice on redundancy, benefits and mortgage and secured loan arrears.

Last year, the charity dealt with 5.54 million people but it expects this will grow further as more people lose their jobs, get further into debt and risk losing their homes.

For more information, contact the individual CAB offices; Beckenham and Penge on 020 8778 0921, Bromley on 020 8315 1940 and Orpington on 01689 827732 or 01689 874185.

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