Council grants crucial aid for Citizen’s Advice

Diane Rodgers - Welton West Lindsey District Councillor
Diane Rodgers - Welton West Lindsey District Councillor

West Lindsey councillors donated more than £3,300 to local branches of the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in 2013.

Welton councillor Diane Rodgers used her ‘councillor initiative fund’ (CIF) to donate £2,400 towards staffing at West Lindsey CAB and to help redecorate Lincoln CAB, which helps hundreds of West Lindsey residents every year.

She said: “The councillor initiative fund enables individual councillors to engage directly with organisations which enhance the health and welfare of our citizens, and it is important to make sure that grants are used wisely and effectively, so that they can benefit the wider community.”

The CAB offers free information and advice on a wide range of topics, including debt, benefits, housing, legal, discrimination, employment, immigration, consumer and other problems.

Lincoln CAB chairman of trustees Ian Glaister said: “I would like to thank Coun Rodgers for the kind grant that allowed us to refurbish the reception area at Beaumont Fee. This enhanced and refreshed look has improved the waiting area and working conditions for all.”

Couns Alan Caine, Judy Rainsforth and Angela Lawrence also provided money for the West Lindsey CAB.

The CIF is available to all 37 district councillors, who spend £4,000 over two years.