Anna Soubry, Member of Parliament for Broxtowe, has welcomed the news that money from the Government’s Big Society Transition Fund will support the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Broxtowe, which has offices in both Beeston and Eastwood (in the neighbouring Ashfield constituency). CAB Broxtowe is managed by District Manager Sue Maslowska, whose cause Anna has championed, both at local levels and with Government Ministers. The funding is part of the third wave of payouts from the £107 million Transition Fund.
The £85,236 grant will help Broxtowe CAB to recruit and train volunteers, including specialist debt advisors. The grant will enable the Bureau to continue to provide debt and legal advice to local residents and people from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as developing new ways to give advice.
The Transition Fund provides grants to organisations to allow them to prepare for the future opportunities opened up by the Big Society. The money will fund the crucial changes that charities need to make to take advantage of the new opportunities available to them from opening up public sector contracts. So far more than 900 charities nationally have received support from the Transition Fund.
Anna, who has campaigned tirelessly on behalf of the local CAB, said, “I am delighted that Broxtowe Citizens advice bureau has received this grant from the transition bank, £85,236 will help them to continue to provide an excellent service to people throughout the Borough who need their specialized advice and guidance. I have campaigned since my election to champion the need to keep Broxtowe CAB fully funded especially in these difficult times. I campaigned locally and arranged a meeting between Sue and the Minister Nick Hurd which I attended. I raised the issue in Parliament and it looks like all our lobbying and Sue’s determination and skill has paid off.”