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Mysterious move for advice bureau; OFFICE CLOSES DOORS TO MAKE WAY FOR LOWER PRECINCT REVAMP.

COVENTRY'S Citizens Advice Bureau is on the move ... to a mystery location.

The bureau will close the doors to its current home in Fleet House, Corporation Street, on Monday to make way for the pounds 38 million revamp of the Lower Precinct.

The centre will be closed for about a week afterwards although existing clients will be able to contact advisers on the emergency ex-directory telephone number.

After that, it is hoped a belt-and-braces advice system will be in place while building work is carried out to bring the new office up to scratch.

Deputy manager Val Horton said for up to two months the centre, the location of which cannot be revealed until the lease is formally signed, will operate from "a building site."

She said: "Our advice line will be closed for what we hope will only be a week but there will be a means of communication for our existing clients."

While the bureau is closed, people needing advice will have to contact CABs in and around Warwickshire for help.

The new building needs pounds 44,000 of work to build and demolish interior walls and rewire the office.

Upgraded computer facilities will be installed to extend the number of people the centre helps - particularly those with mobility problems - along with the addition of an internet advice site.

The bureau has recently been awarded a franchise by the Legal Aid Board to employ two caseworkers to offer debt and welfare benefits advice.

And it has also received a pounds 60,000 Euro-grant for two years to take on a third worker to offer debt management and prevention advice to Hillfields residents.
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Author:Hargrave, Paul
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 11, 2000
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