New offices for advice service

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SPALDING’S Citizens Advice Bureau is to move to new premises to enable it to offer a better service to its clients.

The advice centre will move from its current outdated offices in The Crescent to South Holland District Council’s HQ in Priory Road, possibly by the beginning of 2012.

It is hoped the move will make the bureau’s legal and financial advice more accessible to those who currently find it difficult to use it’s first floor interview rooms and offices.

South Holland CAB manager Diane Clay said: “We have been looking for some time for more ground level space as apart from our ground floor reception, everything else is upstairs.

“Although we do have a lift it is right round the back of the building and as a result we have not been able to have disabled volunteers in the past.

“This move will mean we can provide a better service.

“We already work well with a number of council departments, although we are keen to stress that we will still be totally confidential and independent of the council.

“If a client comes to us who is having a problem with the council, we will still take that up.

The move is now dependent on the advice bureau receiving funding to cover the cost of the move, which would include legal fees and internal alterations to the offices to make them suitable for its use.

It is likely it will not pay rent for up to six months until the alterations have taken place and the CAB is up and running.

South Holland District Council is looking to charge the CAB £24,500 a year for the office space. The money will go into its general fund.

The move is also expected to cost the council between £10,000 and £15,000 to cover improving security and moving teams which are currently using the space.

That money will be borrowed from the general fund on an “invest to save” basis.