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Town could lose advice service

Town could lose advice service

Published at 10:32am 9th January 2015. (Updated at 6:40pm 9th January 2015)

Otley could soon be without a Citizens Advice Bureau.

If proposals go ahead, people in the town will be faced with a journey to alternative facilities in Leeds city centre.

The service provides independent advice for over 100,000 residents across the North West of Leeds and the Wharfe Valley.

Sandy Lay, Lib Dem councillor for Otley and Yeadon, said: "Shutting up shop would force some of the most poor and vulnerable residents who need face-to-face contact to choose between travelling into the centre of Leeds or not getting advice at all.

"The Otley Citizens Advice Bureau has proven itself as an important and cost-effective service for local residents.

"It's unreasonable to keep two large CAB offices in the centre of Leeds while closing Otley's CAB.

"Leeds City Council has, rightly in my view, consistently stated that in hard times the poor and most vulnerable in our communities should be our priority.

"This move threatens to punish the very people who most need to be protected and I will be fighting this closure every inch of the way."