Plea to protect advice services

ORGANISATIONS which provide information and advice for vulnerable people should be spared any cuts in council funding, according to Halifax Labour MP Linda Riordan.

She said she was particularly concerned about the possible effect on the Disabled Advice and Resource Centre, in Halifax.

“There are so many ways Calderdale Council could save some money and it should not really be targeting an organisation that provides a first class advice and information service for people with disabilities.

“It is not too late for councillors to reverse these callous cuts and protect the funding for Dart, which compared with the amount the Citizens Advice Bureau receives is relatively small,” she said.

The council wants to reduce overall spending on advice services by £121,000 and to move from a competitive grants process to a tendering process.