Councillor slams closure of Citizens Advice Bureaux on Castle Vale

Councillor Ann Holtom

Councillor Ann Holtom is calling on Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureaux to reverse its decision to close the local CAB on Castle Vale.

"This services provided by the bureaux especially in relation to benefits and debt advice is essential to local residents and should not be withdrawn," said Councillor Holtom.

"Castle Vale has higher than average levels of deprivation and unemployment. CAB provides an invaluable service that will be missed by local residents who will now have to travel to Kingstanding to access CAB walk in services."

"I am appalled that Birmingham CAB have decided to close this facility. I know that without question the local community will be against the closure of this essential service."

Cllr Holtom has written to the CAB's Chief Executive Yvonne Davies asking her to reverse her decision and keep the Castle Vale bureaux open.

She is also organising a "save the bureaux petition" to demonstrate the strength of feeling on the Vale regarding the closure proposals.