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Further backing to help advice centre cope with new benefit

A YEAR’S extra funding has been agreed for a community advice service in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

 

The £117,020 backing will go Citizen’s Advice to enable it to carry on with its centres in the two towns as well as Chichester.

 

The money was agreed by Arun District Council’s cabinet, subject to the new budget of the council being backed by members next Wednesday.

 

Cllr Trevor Bence, Arun’s cabinet member for residential services, said it was important Citizen’s Advice was able to continue its work.

 

“This seems to me to be a no brainer.

 

“Universal credit starts in July and will be completed in October. It’s vital this advice service is provided, especially in 2018 to tackle the roll-out of universal credit in Arun and the need of people to get some advice.”

 

Robin Wickham, Arun’s group head of community wellbeing, said the council’s contribution to the service had been unchanged for four years.

 

A new competitive tender will be launched for the service this year to start from April, 2019. It will be led by the county council and involve all district and borough councils in West Sussex.

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