Citizen’s Advice Bureaux (CABs) across Scotland are facing difficulties after the Scottish Government has decided to end Scottish Legal Aid Board funding for their ‘Making Advice Work Project’ which enables the organisation to work with some of the poorest and most vulnerable families in Scotland.
Lothian MSP Neil Findlay has expressed his concerns that this significant funding cut will put 25 CAB jobs at risk across 15 CABs including West Lothian.
CAB projects are vital in helping to alleviate poverty and inequality across Scotland. The organisation provides a range of advice on benefits, income maximisation and debt. In West Lothian, the ‘Making Advice Work Project’ assisted 700 families and increased their income by £2 million collectively.
Neil Findlay MSP said:
“I am appalled that the Scottish Government has decided to withdraw funding from CAB projects like this.
“CAB does excellent work to help the poorest people in Scotland maximise their income. Withdrawing funding from CAB flies in the face of Scottish Government commitments to tackle poverty and inequality.
“I would urge that the Scottish Government reverse this decision to enable CABs across Scotland to continue their valuable, and critical, work.