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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Relief as Cumbrian CAB branch spared axe

A council leader says he is pleased that a closure-threatened Citizens Advice Bureau branch has been saved.

Funding problems had cast doubt over the future of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in Eden.

But after a year of working as part of the Carlisle operation, the prospects of cuts to its operations have been lifted – and its services extended.

Eden Council is one of the organisations that has worked to secure its survival.

Leader Gordon Nicolson said: “The council values the work of the CAB in Eden and is providing around £13,000 of in kind support to the organisation this year, so it can continue to provide an enhanced service for the local community in these challenging economic times.”

The combined CAB operation in Carlisle and Eden districts this week announced that its work in Eden will continue three days a week.

That means face-to-face operations continuing at its offices in Penrith town centre, as well as an outreach programme in Appleby.

Not only that, but a support service for people with cancer and their families is being launched.

The collaboration between CAB and cancer charity Macmillan has previously been available in other parts of Cumbria – including an operation in Carlisle since 2006 – but not Eden.

It has been made possible through cash backing from the new clinical commissioning group which oversees NHS operations in the county.

Bosses at the two north Cumbrian CAB branches are pleased their success means no reduction in operations in Eden.

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