Founded in 1939 to help provide communities across the UK with legal advice, the Citizen’s Edvice Bureau is still an important public provision.
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) is a charitable organisation set up to help people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing advice and information, and by influencing policymakers.
Delivering advice and help to more than 3,300 communities in England and Wales and run by 338 registered charities, it offers impartial information to anybody who requires it.
Currently the public demand for Citizen’s Advice Bureau advice has increased, with the public more concerned with clearing and absolving debts, resolving legal issues and attempting to claim compensation without posessing the funds or means to contact their own personal lawyers or financial advisors.
The idea of the CAB was first devised in the mid 1930s, when the welfare system was first being tested throughout England and Wales. It was decided that an informaion service should be offered to the public to better help with the right provision of benefits and welfare payments, entitlements and repayments.
The CAB also benefits the public by representing citizens in parliamentary, campaigning and policy work. Spotting trends within client’s problems often points the organisation towards a piece of unfair or unworkable policy which can be petitioned or changed in order to make it work better for the public at large. The most recent large policy change was made in 2004 after a 10 year campaign from the CAB to include a deposit protection scheme within every UK tenancy agreement was made to the Housing Bill.
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau would not be able to operate without a team of highly skilled and trained law professionals. Most clients require legal advice no matter the nature of their query, so it’s the CAB’s duty to provide the best possible advice for every person who approaches them.
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