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Consumer Advice Centres

Volume 979: debated on Wednesday 20 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade why he has decided to withdraw the £4 million grant to consumer advice centres; how many of the existing centres will have to close as a result; and what Government bodies will take over the work of the consumer advice centres.

These grants were not cost-effective in promoting an advice service. The provision of local advice services is a matter for local authorities to decide in the light of local spending priorities. Where local authorities decide to close existing centres, the additional funds I am making available to the National Association of citizens advice bureaux should help CABs to deal with extra consumer work.