Local CAB Appeals for Support

Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau launches appeal for support from local Birmingham community

Birmingham CAB (BCABS), the oldest and largest CAB in the UK, is appealing to the Birmingham community for support to enable it to continue its drop in advice service that has served the people of the city for 72 years, including the one in Kingstanding. BCABS is urging people to consider the local charity when deciding which worthy cause to make a regular contribution to.

Cuts to essential funding and seismic changes to the way funding is allocated has left a gap in the finance needed to keep the ‘drop in’ provision open and the predominantly volunteer lead service able to see clients who are in desperate need of advice .

Yvonne Davies, CEO of Birmingham CAB said ‘It’s a common misapprehension that BCABS is funded entirely via central or local Government grants. This is sadly not the case. We are an independent charity with no fixed central income. Now, more than ever, we have to fundraise locally and ask the public for support. The most useful support for any charity is regular contribution and that’s why we are asking people to set up a monthly standing order for as much as they can afford to enable us to keep this vital Birmingham service alive’.

Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington, said ‘I am proud to sign up for the BCABS appeal and support such an established and essential Birmingham charity. BCABS has done life changing work with countless Brummies in crisis and the loss of the Open Door Drop In service would be keenly felt by all in need of independent, impartial, confidential and free legal advice. I am setting up a standing order for £10 per month and I would urge others to think local when considering their charitable giving’.

The standing order form can be downloaded at http://www.bcabs.org.uk. Gift Aid information can be found at the same site. £10 per month would enable a client to get an hour’s free legal advice regarding debt, welfare benefits, housing, immigration, employment and many other crucial topics. BCABS is also approaching the Birmingham business community for similar ongoing support.

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