Letters: Alexandra Ware, May 6, 2016

GV of the King's Lynn Citizens Advice Norfolk Branch in St Nicholas Street ANL-160327-122320009
GV of the King's Lynn Citizens Advice Norfolk Branch in St Nicholas Street ANL-160327-122320009
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I am writing with reference to the possible closure of the Lynn Citizens’ Advice Bureau, which may be a consequence of the announced withdrawal of borough council funding.

Whilst I appreciate the council has a duty to consider all aspects of its expenditure, I would like to make known my experience of CAB and why I feel, both as a solicitor and council tax payer, that the bureau’s closure will be a serious and irreplaceable loss to the town. I had the privilege to observe first hand the work of the bureau when I worked for nine years as administrator for the Regeneration West Norfolk project. I was impressed beyond measure by the commitment and dedication not only of the volunteers but also the paid staff. The CAB is for many the only place where they can receive non-judgemental help and guidance. Now that the Government has all but abolished Legal Aid, and court fees have become prohibitively high for all those other than the wealthy, the CAB represents a lifeline to those who find themselves in difficulty, perhaps as a result of a job loss, bereavement, marital difficulties or changes to the benefits system. I would urge the borough council to reconsider any decision which may have been taken. Once this valuable resource has gone, the town will have been deprived of one of its most valuable assets and always be poorer for it.

Alexandra Ware, Chapel Road, Dersingham