MP speaks to advice bureau about funding

MP Gloria De Piero visits Eastwood CAB, seen talking to Sue Masloska district manager CAb Broxtowe.
MP Gloria De Piero visits Eastwood CAB, seen talking to Sue Masloska district manager CAb Broxtowe.

EASTWOOD MP Gloria De Piero has visited the town’s Citizen’s Advice bureau to discuss cut backs to the organisation’s funding.

Ms De Piero met centre manager Sue Maslowska after it was announced Broxtowe Citizen’s Advice would be hit with a 73 per cent reduction in funding next year.

Nottinghamshire County Council plan to reduce the bureau’s grant aid from £51,475 to £14,490.

Ms Maslowska welcomed the MP’s support but said what they really needed was money. “She said she would do all she could for us and support and help us, but it’s not easy because it’s money we need,” she added.

“We’ve got a lot of support, but it’s the funding we ultimately want.”

Ms Maslowska has applied for a share of a £100m grant allocated by central Government to voluntary bodies nationwide to help them through the transition period and get them used to tighter budgets.

Ms De Piero said she would try and hurry along the decision as to whether the bureau in Wellington Place qualified.

The council will be awarding just over £2m in grant aid county wide, compared to £3.1m awarded last year.