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Citizens Advice

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 15 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the Statement of 11 May 2006, Official Report, column 560, on Citizens Advice, how much funding was received by Citizens Advice directly from the Government in each of the last five years. (73556)

Citizens Advice receives funding from a number of Government Departments. Details can be found in the Citizens Advice’s Annual Reports for each year. Copies can be found in the Libraries of both Houses.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the statement of 11 May 2006, Official Report, column 560, on Citizens Advice, how much funding he expects the Government to allocate to Citizens Advice for 2006-07; and whether the Government plans to fund individual citizens’ advice bureaux. (73557)

The Department has not yet decided on the level of funding for Citizens Advice in 2006-07. The Government have no plans to fund the core activities of local CAB. That is largely a matter for the relevant local authority. However, from time to time, CAB are awarded contracts to run specific initiatives and schemes such as the recent Face-to-Face debt advice programme.