Bridgnorth and Whitchurch Citizens Advice Bureaux to close

Two offices run by the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Shropshire are to close after funding cuts.

The centres in Whitchurch and Bridgnorth are due to close before the end of the year.

Shropshire's CAB service receives half of its funding from the local authority, which has cut its grant by £60,000 over the last two years.

The CAB said it was looking at other ways to support people around the two market towns.

Telephone advice

In a statement, the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Shropshire Jackie Jeffrey said: "We are facing funding reductions and this means looking at the way we deliver services in the future and what we can resource.

"We are working to find alternative ways of supporting our clients in Whitchurch, Bridgnorth and the surrounding areas, but this may require a totally different way of working.

"We are also looking at developing our countywide telephone line advice service as Shropshire is a large rural county with a dispersed population and many of the towns do not have a CAB office.

"Our priority remains finding the best way of serving the clients who use our services in Shropshire."

Shropshire Council provides about half of the funding for the local CAB service.

As part of savings measures, its grants have dropped from about £450,000 two years ago, to a little more than £390,000 in the current financial year.

Earlier this month, the local authority announced detailed plans to save £80m from its budget.

Changes to CAB services in the county are not expected to affect those in Telford and Wrekin.

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