Citizens' Advice in Chelmsford: Our challenge

Chelmsford Weekly News: Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle is welcomed to the AGM by Chelmsford CAB chief executive Russ Mynott Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle is welcomed to the AGM by Chelmsford CAB chief executive Russ Mynott

BOSSES of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Chelmsford have said they are working with the council to help when welfare changes happen.

During the organisation’s Annual General Meeting held at Hylands House on Thursday, the branch’s chief executive, Russ Mynott, spoke about how upcoming budget cuts to local authorities will affect people.

In April 2013, changes to the benefit system will come into force as set out by the Government including a new cap on how much individuals can claim.

Mr Mynott said although times are hard and look set to become more difficult with the benefit system alterations, the CAB would work with Chelmsford Council to lessen the impact of changes.

Mr Mynott said: “It is a fact – all of us in the voluntary and public sector have less money, to provide more services.

“However, there is no option to do nothing, as the problems will just grow to unmanageable proportions.

“We have to work together to see where we can save costs without impacting the welfare of our community.

“Now we are working closely with the city council to put a plan together of how, collectively, we can reduce the impact of these forthcoming changes.”

He went on to say the charity is also looking to other private sector companies who might be able to provide help in the future.

The meeting was attended by trustees and volunteers from the bureau, which is based in Coval Lane, Chelmsford, and also runs a service in South Woodham Ferrers.

Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle was also at the event as the guest speaker.

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