Citizen’s Advice hurt least by Amber Valley budget cuts

Grants to independent and voluntary organisations were approved by borough councillors on Wednesday.

But monies to received by organisations such as Amber Valley Access and Amber Valley Community Transport from the authority’s 2012 to 2013 General Fund mark a ten per cent drop on last year. A total of £270,000 was allocated to seven chosen organisations, compared to around £300,000 last year, because of cuts to the council’s budget.

However the £75,000 allocated to the regional Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) marked only a five per cent drop.

Leader of the council Cllr Stuart Bradford, said: “Amber Valley is still supporting our voluntary sector and voluntary partners. But we are unfortunately having to reduce the amount of grant we can afford by ten per cent.”