Boost for those in debt

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A GRANT of £90,000 is set to fund a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) hotline to help cash-strapped residents of Hucknall and the rest of Ashfield.

The Dispatch reported earlier this year that CAB sessions at the Under One Roof centre in Hucknall, dealing with money worries and other troubles, had to be axed because of funding cuts levied by Notts County Council.

Hucknall residents were told to turn to the Ashfield CAB in Sutton-in-Ashfield or the service in Eastwood.

Now these branches of CAB have received the on-off cash handout from the government.

Ashfield CAB chief executive Sue Davis said the grant would be used to investigate the feasibility of a telephone advice line.

She said: “We all know that face to face is an expensive model and we don’t want to lose the drop-ins.

“But we have lost the six outreach sessions (including Hucknall). We have got to find ways of being able to help people.”

Under the pilot scheme, volunteer advisers in Ashfield would give free, impartial advice over the phone on subjects ranging from debt to family breakdown.