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CAB work not halted by the cuts; Views of the North.

I WAS really pleased to read of the attention my Citizens Advice Bureau colleagues in Newcastle are drawing to the problem of legal aid cuts for clients with debt or benefits issues, and the impact that will have on Citizens Advice Bureaux across the North, in your article ("Cuts to legal aid advice 'frightening'", The Journal March 13).

The response of the Ministry of Justice, that Citizens Advice Bureaux must shoulder the burden as well as the rest of government, is not helpful, bearing in mind that CAB are local charities with none of the expensive overheads that can be cut in the public sector and that we are seeing records numbers of clients precisely as a result of those cutbacks.

However, I hope that readers don't infer from the article that CAB up and down the region are not still open and willing to help.

Although cuts to our funding are impacting on some of the services we can provide, it is still the case that the region has many excellent bureaux providing a great service.

The best advice for people in need is still that they should get themselves to their local CAB or if they have internet access, have a look at our national website, www.adviceguide.org.uk There they can find excellent information on common problems as well as when and where their local CAB is providing advice.

I would urge people to come and get help as soon as possible before a problem becomes bigger.

NEIL BRADBURY, chief officer, East Durham Citizens Advice Bureau, Peterlee, County Durham (website: www.eastdurhamcab.org.uk)
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 16, 2013
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