Following the announcement of West Lancashire CAB’s immediate closure, MP Rosie Cooper said:
“The Citizens Advice Bureau has a central role in our community, helping both individuals and families with complex debt, benefit, housing and employment advice.
"Free quality advice and representation is essential in any democracy, which makes the closure of West Lancashire CAB in these difficult times and at probably the most financially tough time a catastrophe for people in West Lancashire who are experiencing difficulties and need advice and guidance.
"I am saddened that the Trustees, who have worked very hard to provide services for the residents of West Lancashire, have been forced into taking the decision to close their doors. I thank them for their work on behalf of all the people they have helped.
"This is happening at a time when the Conservative-led government's Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill 2010- 11 is at the Committee stage in the House of Lords and the CAB nationally have warned that legal aid cuts would lead to a catastrophic reduction in the help available and would impact on the capacity of the CAB network to maintain services at a time of growing need. We’re really not all in this together whatever the Prime Minister says!!!
“I have written to the trustees of West Lancashire Citizens Advice Bureau, West Lancashire Borough Council, Lancashire County Council and to the Prime Minister calling for action to right this dreadful situation.
"Simply doing nothing and allowing a gap to be left in the advice and support services locally is not an option.”