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Citizen's Advice Bureau: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding her Department provided for the citizen's advice bureau in each of the local housing allowance pathfinder areas to support money advice services. (181374)

I have been asked to reply.

The DWP has paid out around £59 million for the overall implementation of the local housing allowance in the local authorities. This money was for a range of implementation activity. The payments were made in August 2007 and included funds for money management advice, IT costs, training, communications and advertising.

As each local authority decides whether to provide in house money advice services or to contract this out, it is not possible to provide a breakdown of how much funding was used by individual local authorities in support of the services provided by citizen's advice bureau.