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Rennie reveals £600k of cuts to Citizens Advice services

February 8, 2019 4:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today condemned more than £600k worth of Scottish Government cuts to Citizens Advice services as he warned that the cuts would hit services that people desperately rely upon for sound, free and independent advice.

In a letter to Bureau managers, Citizens Advice Scotland Chief Executive Derek Mitchell outlined how Scottish Government funding cuts to the Scottish Legal Aid Board would hit provision of legal advice services.

Commenting on the letter Mr Rennie said:

"These Scottish Government cuts pose a direct threat to services which people desperately rely upon for sound, free and independent advice.

"Housing, employment law and benefits can be enormously complex and Citizens Advice services are vital to helping people navigate such processes. The loss of dozens of staff would be devastating.

"The Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills has shown casual indifference to the fate of the CABs. When it comes to protecting services which help people in difficult situations, he has proven himself to be no better than the Conservatives. The First Minister should step in and reverse these cuts."