Portsmouth Citizens Advice gets financial reprieve

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PORTSMOUTH’S Citizens Advice Bureau has been given new funding to help more people in the city over the coming year.

Its future was in jeopardy after Portsmouth City Council withdrew financial support.

But thanks to £67,000 from the Cabinet Office it can now extend its opening hours at the centre in Northern Road, Cosham,

The government has also pledged to give the organisation money based on the number of people it helps at its new Debt Advice Centre at Drummond House, in Dugald Drummond Street, next to Portsmouth and Southsea railway station, which opened yesterday.

The CAB’s chief executive, Lynne Davies, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have secured independent funding for one year. It will enable us to relaunch our Cosham-based advice service and provide free advice and support to hundreds of local residents. Clearly, we will be severely limited in what we can do in the coming year but we’re all determined to carry on serving the people of Portsmouth as best we can.

The centre in Cosham will now be open between 10am and 4pm on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays.