In an update to this post….
Birmingham CAB chief exec has announced that with the loss of funding from Birmingham City Council — which has withdrawn some £600K on the grounds that its own advice centres can provide this service — it is likely that all five CAB centres in Birmingham will close. CEO Yvonne Davies explains in an interview with Third Sector Online that the local authority’s funding is “the spine” which enables them to lever in a further £2.4m in order to provide a free advice service to Birmingham’s citizens.
The second city without a CAB — now that would be an extraordinary way of encouraging volunteering, self-help and the big society….
UPDATE: Opposition to this decision is mounting — sign the online petition here. Over 800 already have — have you?