Wales' poorest areas to receive multi-million pound housing advice
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government, Finance
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The Welsh government has announced £2.4 million in funding for services to provide advice on housing, debt, and money management for Wales’ poorest areas.
The cash boost will allow Citizens Advice Cymru to deliver advice directly to 36 'communities first' clusters across the country.
'Communities first' is a Welsh government programme to help people living in the top 10% most deprived communities which tries to improve health, prosperity and access to education and learning.
It is estimated that the new services will work with over 19,000 individuals.
Communities & tackling poverty minister Jeff Cuthbert said: “Make no mistake these are tough times with families facing the triple impact of a struggling economy combined with cuts to public spending and welfare.
“Against this backdrop more people are turning for help and that is why we are providing £2.4 million to strengthen the advice services available in some of our most deprived communities. We want to make sure people have easy access to the best advice on welfare, housing and how to manage their money.”
Fran Targett, Director Citizens Advice Cymru said: “Our Bureaux in Wales are seeing a big increase in the need for help at this difficult time. People need independent, impartial advice more than ever. We welcome this funding which will help reach some of the most vulnerable people, right in the heart of their communities
“With an increase in the cost of living and also with the biggest changes ever in the Welfare system people need easy access to advice on welfare, housing and money advice to help them live their lives.”