I call upon South Lanarkshire Council to increase funding for Rutherglen & Cambuslang CAB to cover the cost of dealing with the extra caseload that the introduction of Universal Credit will cause.Brian Finlay
Brian Finlay, the Scottish Green Candidate in the Rutherglen North & Central by-election visited the headquarters of Rutherglen and Cambuslang Citizens Advice Burea last week and has vowed to fight for funding to secure the future of the organisation.
Citizens Advice Bureau provide give free, confidential information, advice and support to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems. They currently run nine outreach hubs throughout Rutherglen and Cambuslang in areas such as Whitlawburn, Fernhill, Westburn, Spittal and Springhall. Last year they assisted 2,822 people and ensured over £1,400,000 were returned to residents of Rutherglen and Cambuslang. It receives funding from South Lanarkshire Council but much of its work is funded by grants and donations.
Brian Finlay said "The Citizens Advice Bureau does alot of vital work for some of the most vulnerable members of our community and yet the funding has become increasingly precarious in recent years. With the Tory government in Westminster's shambolic introduction of Universal Credit due to arrive soon the services provided by Citizens Advice Bureau will be needed more than ever. I call upon South Lanarkshire Council to increase funding for Rutherglen & Cambuslang CAB to cover the cost of dealing with the extra caseload that the introduction of Universal Credit will cause. The value of the work they do is well known by everyone who have used their service but if they were unable to continue their work that may be the time we realise just how much they were needed."