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Funding cut threatens Cornwall Citizens Advice service

The charity relies heavily on donations and grants to keep going. Photo: PA

Citizens Advice Cornwall have described plans to slash its budget by more than half as 'unthinkable'.

The charity relies heavily on donations and grants to keep going.

But Cornwall Council is considering reducing the grant it gives the service by £200,000 pounds a year.

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branches could have to close if the cuts go ahead

There are very few alternatives in this big rural county, it will be a massive loss to those people struggling and in difficulties. We need longer hours, more volunteers and more accessible service.

Cutbacks are really almost unthinkable.

– Sheila Hutchings, Citizens Advice Cornwall
Staff at CAB Cornwall are warning it could lead to widespread closures. Credit: ITV News

The service offers free, confidential and independent advice.

One many who has used the service described it as a 'lifeline'.

It seems like the weak of this country are getting pushed aside and I don't think it's fair.

– Tony Harris

Cornwall Council says it needs to find £75 million in savings.

Cllr Julian German said it was considering axing the Citizens advice budget completely.

Cornwall Council says it needs to find £75 million in savings. Credit: ITV News

''In our long term budget strategy we'd put forward zero for next year for citizens advice, they've been aware of that for the last 4 years."

"We've been doing various programmes to try and get them to that position, that hasn't been successful, so in the draft budget we put back in £153,000."

Now people are saying that's not enough, so we'll look at that.

– Julian German, Cornwall Council

A final decision on the funding will be made in February 2018.