Citizens Advice

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 5th February 2015.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour, Huddersfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what information his Department holds on the number of Citizens Advice Bureaux field offices which have (a) opened and (b) closed in (i) the UK, (ii) England, (iii) London, (iv) Yorkshire, (v) Kirklees local authority area and (vi) Huddersfield constituency in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Education) (Women and Equalities) , The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills does not hold this information as central Government funds the umbrella organisation, Citizens Advice, but not individual bureaux.

We have obtained the following information from Citizens Advice:

a) Citizens Advice currently has 316 member bureaux (legal entities). This number fluctuates as bureaux merge to create more sustainable and efficient organisations, resulting in less being spent on back office functions and more on delivery. When bureaux close, every effort is made to expand resources within neighbouring bureaux to ensure services continue for local residents. Citizens Advice do not have details of new locations opened by year b) Citizens Advice is only able to provide information on bureaux closures for 7 of the past 10 years. Details are set out in the table below:

Location

2005-06

2006-07

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

Total

England & Wales

1

3

1

3

5

3

3

19

England

1

3

1

3

4

3

2

17

London

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

Yorkshire

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kirklees LA

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Huddersfield constituency

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Information for years 2007-08 and 2008-09 is not recorded. This is either because there were no bureau closures during that period, or because data has not been recorded in a way that can be deemed accurate.

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