As part of Surrey County Council’s ambition to ensure that No One Is Left Behind a one-off grant of £560k has just been awarded to the local Citizen’s Advice (CA) charities across Surrey.
The council’s number one priority is to help those that need us most, and improve quality of life for everyone. This grant will help address the fact that more people in Surrey are struggling financially.
The funding will enable the CA to increase their support to Surrey residents around budgeting, debt and benefits advice and ensuring that people are making the most of what they are entitled to, providing support to manage difficult situations. This welfare support positively mitigates the impact that poverty can have on individuals enhancing their health and wellbeing.
The funding will also go towards providing more training for CA staff and volunteers so they can continue to provide skilled support to those communities most in need. Provision of outreach support at places where we know vulnerable residents may be such as foodbanks will be increased too. It will enable closer working with specialist charities within Surrey to ensure that we have a wider reach into the very heart of communities working with specialist charities.
Councillor Mark Nuti, Cabinet Member for Communities said “No One Left Behind is about helping those who need us most, and improving quality of life for everyone. Our ambition is to help everyone in Surrey make the most of the opportunities on offer in our county. Now, and in the future. This grant to local CA charities is about getting help and support out into the heart of our communities where it’s needed most. We recognise the invaluable work CA across the county do to help support our residents and so it was important to us to support them at a time when demand on their services is increasing.
Deborah Jones, chair of the local CA Surrey Manager group said: “These are tough times and for some people, the choices they are facing are very stark indeed. At Citizens Advice we believe no one should have to make decisions without good quality, independent advice. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Surrey County Council and in receipt of this funding which will help us to put advice where people need it most to help them in finding a way forward”.