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Plans to boost funding for Citizens Advice to support people during Cost of Living challenges

Suffolk County Council plans to increase its funding to Local Citizens Advice by £45,000 to support Suffolk residents during the current Cost of Living challenges.
Published: 17 Jan 2023

Suffolk County Council plans to increase its funding to Local Citizens Advice in Suffolk by £45,000, to support Suffolk Residents during the current Cost of Living challenges.

The Council has set out in its 2023/24 budget proposals, that it plans to increase the amount of funding it provides to the Citizens Advice Bureau from £120,000 in the 2022/23 financial year, to £165,000 for the 2023/24 financial year. Suffolk County Council’s budget proposals will be voted on in February.

The additional funding reflects the increased demand the service is seeing in light of the current cost of living pressures.

We recognise the additional pressures the Citizens Advice and other voluntary organisations are under as more people are seeking support with the rising cost of living.
People look to Citizens Advice in times of need, to provide friendly, non-judgemental and impartial advice, to help them find a way forward. This is why we have set out additional support for the Citizens Advice at this crucial time.
We will continue work with the Citizens Advice and others to support our residents in the current financial climate.
Profile of Councillor Bobby Bennett
Councillor Bobby Bennett, Cabinet Member for Equality and communities

In a joint statement, the Local Citizens Advice in Suffolk said:

“The Local Citizens Advice Network across Suffolk appreciate the financial support given by Suffolk County Council to their core service at a time when we are seeing an increase in demand and also in our own cost base. This funding helps us to continue to provide residents across Suffolk with the advice and support they need at this difficult time, and we look forward to working closely with the Council in the future.”

Councillor Bennett added:

“This is an increase to the core funding Local Citizens Advice receives from the county council and we will continuously seek further opportunities to provide support for one-off projects in the future - for example, last year we were able to give an additional £150,000 for a specific project.”

Local Citizen Advice officers across Suffolk are supporting Suffolk residents who need support in applying to the Local Welfare Assistance Scheme. The scheme was relaunched in October 2022 with an online application form. Suffolk residents can visit to find out whether they may be eligible for financial support through Suffolk’s Local Welfare Assistance Scheme.

Citizens Advice provides free, confidential, independent and impartial advice on a wide range of topics. Find your local office at

Further details of cost of living support available for Suffolk residents and organisations can be found at