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900 staff face axe at Citizens Advice 26 January 2011

Insolvency Today understands that the redundancies may affect debt advisors, administrators and supervisors working on a scheme to provide debt advice in deprived communities.

The scheme was funded by the government’s Financial Inclusion Fund.

It is understood the Financial Inclusion Fund took the form of a Treasury grant worth £130m, of which £87m was allocated to Citizens Advice.

But on January 19 Mark Hoban, financial secretary to the Treasury, told the House of Commons that the Financial Inclusion Fund will cease at the end of March this year, and the government has not yet indicated whether such funding will be renewed or not.

Announcing the cut, Hoban said: “The government will work closely with industry and other stakeholders to ensure that tackling financial exclusion remains a high priority.”



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