Better advice means better lives: £2.2 million funding for Citizens Advice Cymru

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has announced £2.2 million to ensure vulnerable people across Wales continue to receive high quality support and advice.

The funding is an extension of Citizens Advice Cymru’s current Better Advice, Better Lives project, which provides expert advice on a range of subjects including welfare benefits, debt and employment to people living in deprived communities in Wales.

As part of the scheme, staff work with health practitioners to support people with health problems, including families with disabled children.

In its first two years, the scheme has brought over £32 million in welfare benefits into Welsh households.

Announcing the funding, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, said:

“Changes to the welfare system coupled with the challenging financial climate, are having a big impact on people across Wales. As a result, making sure high quality support and advice is readily available is more important than ever before.

“The scheme has already generated over £32million in welfare payments for families in Wales. The investment I have announced today will build on this, allowing vulnerable people across Wales – including people suffering with health problems – to continue to access vital support.

“This provision ensures people who are struggling to make ends meet, perhaps as a result of losing their job or from being off work due to sickness, are receiving the full welfare payments they are entitled to in order to help them through difficult times.”

Fran Targett, Director, Citizens Advice Cymru

“We are delighted that the Welsh Government are extending the funding for our Better Advice, Better Lives programme which delivers CAB advice in partnership with health practitioners and other organisations in Wales and that we can build on the current successes.

“With the current economic climate and changes to the benefit system we are seeing an increase in demand for a wide range of advice issues and this funding will help support many of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in Wales.”