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, how much funding the Government has allocated to Citizens Advice 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 (BIS) provides core Grant-in-Aid funding to Citizen Advice (CitA), the umbrella body for the bureaux service across England and Wales. Central Government does not provide funding directly to individual bureaux, core funding for these are usually provided by the local authority in which they are located.

In previous years BIS has also provided funding to Citizen Advice (CitA) under the Financial Inclusion Fund (for Face to Face Debt Advice project) – now delivered by Citizens Advice through bureaux under contract with the Money Advice Service; and under the additional Hours of Advice (AHA) Project - a one-off programme of funding to enable bureaux to extend their opening hours following the recession in Autumn 2008, funding for which ended March 2011.

Funding data can be found in the attached table.

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