Councillor pays tribute to dedicated staff and volunteers

A Rotherham councillor has paid tribute to the dedication of staff and volunteers who work at the town’s Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) Annual General Meeting.

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Cllr Mahroof Hussain, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities & Cohesion, was speaking at Rotherham CAB’s Annual General Meeting. Cllr Hussain said: “The CAB continues to recruit high calibre volunteers and has some very dedicated individuals whose skills are essential in supporting the bureau.

“Can I thank the staff who have managed to support so many clients and I recognise the work you do for the people of Rotherham.”

Nationally the CAB, an independent charity, is run by dedicated staff and more than 20,000 volunteers. Despite a 21% reduction in funding last year in Rotherham the CAB managed to support 5397 clients with 15,087 new issues.

Cllr Hussain added: “I am working with Rotherham’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau to produce a briefing for local councillors on the types and number of cases affecting our constituents.

“We need to identify trends and notify councillors of issues likely to affect people in the borough and show how the CAB is helping support people, especially those affected by the up and coming welfare reform.”