Thornbury & Yate MP Steve Webb and South Gloucestershire Citizen’s Advice Bureau are working together on a new project to ensure the continuation of CAB services in Thornbury. Earlier this year, the local community responded with great generosity to a campaign organised by the Thornbury Gazette to raise the £12,000 needed to keep the Thornbury bureau open for a year.
This gave much-needed breathing space to enable the CAB to make longer-term plans for services in the area. Now South Gloucestershire CAB has prepared a bid to the Severnvale Area Forum which meets in early December for £13,000 out of the ‘New Homes Bonus’ available to local authorities. The bid has received the support of local MP Steve Webb who said:
“The generous response of local people to this year’s appeal shows how much the CAB is valued. Serving not just Thornbury but also the surrounding communities, the CAB provides an important place for free and impartial advice on benefits, debt, housing and a range of other issues. I hope that councillors will respond positively to this application so that this much-needed service can be sustained”.
Christine Kenny, Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire CAB said:
“The recent campaign raised awareness of the services offered by Thornbury CAB and use of the bureau is increasing. We want to be able to plan for the long term and to keep a presence in Thornbury, and a grant from this Council fund would enable us to do that”.