AN EXTENSION to an advice centre means it can help more people than ever before.
The Citizens Advice Bureau in High Street, Stamford, has had two extra interview rooms, a self-help area and better reception facilities, as well as improved wheelchair access.
The facilities were declared open during a ceremony on Monday, when the mayor of Stamford John Binder cut a ribbon.
Coun Binder said: “Life for many individuals and families has been made more difficult as a result of the global financial crisis.
“Working out how to claim all the benefits to which a person or family is entitled, or dealing with mounting debts can sometimes appear daunting. CAB has trained advisers to help the most disadvantaged to provide effectively for their families.”
John Willoughby, who is district manager of South Kesteven Citizens Advice Bureaux, which covers Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings, said improved facilities would mean an improved service for people in the town.
He said: “We are grateful to our principal funders for providing suitable accommodation for us at a reasonable rent in a very convenient location for all our clients to access. It represents a way that the town and district councils support a local charity that works within the community”.
The bureau offers free, confidential and impartial advice on issues such as employment, debt, redundancy, benefits and housing, and during the economic downturn, the bureau has seen a rise in the number of inquiries it receives.
For more information phone the national advice line on 08444 111 444 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk.