Angus MacDonald Calls for Fair Play on CAB Funding
Thursday, 07 October 2010 14:36
Grangemouth Councillor Angus MacDonald, who is also standing at the SNP’s candidate at the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections, yesterday (Wednesday) called on the ruling Tory/Labour/Independent administration on Falkirk Council not to cut any further the money provided to the three Citizen’s Advice Bureaux operating in Falkirk district.
Speaking at the Full Council meeting during a debate on the Single Outcome Agreement 2009/11, Councillor MacDonald made a specific plea that the ruling Administration and the Corporate Management Team, made up of all the Council’s Directors, should not reduce any further the amount of funding given to the CAB.
Councillor MacDonald said:
“I call on the ruling administration and the Corporate Management Team to ensure there is no further reduction in funds paid to the CAB. Some local elected Members, including yourself Provost, recently attended the AGM of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (Grangemouth & Bo’ness) and saw the good work going on there. We also see that during 2009/10 £49 million of debt has been renegotiated, with over 330 benefit checks completed and over 135 debt cases supported in Falkirk district. Clients have also accessed £740,000 in benefit claims.
“Given that the current economic crisis will without doubt impact on demand for the services of the CAB, we must ensure that there is no further erosion of funding for this service. I make no apology for cherry-picking as this service is worth every penny of support, and urge the ruling administration to look favourably on this service when deciding the final budget allocations later in the year.”