CAB – The struggles of a much loved help organisation

Many years ago (during the early 1990’s if memory serves) I helped, together with many other concerned folk, to bring a branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau to what was then my home town of Maghull (I live in Lydiate these days). It operated from Maghull Town Hall, was supported in terms of utility costs and via a nil rental charge by Maghull Town Council and was for the early years an outpost/outreach of Formby CAB.

Some years later the CAB’s across Sefton Borough merged into one organisation but they continued to operate out of Bootle, Crosby, Formby, Southport and indeed Maghull. However, as with many things these days they suffer from the withdrawal of the public money which significantly supports the vital advice services they deliver and have been delivering for many years.

The poster below is presently displayed on the outside noticeboard of Maghull Town Hall and it tells a story:-

Maghull does not have a CAB facility these days and the operation of what is now called ‘Citizens Advice’ for Sefton Borough (the word Bureau having seemingly been dropped in terms of its modern identity) can be accessed via the link below:-

www.seftoncab.org.uk/

I’m not trying to apportion blame here for the demise of CAB facilities in communities like Maghull but the financial crash of 2007, as with many things, must be a significant factor.

I do know that for the years the CAB operated in Maghull it had a regular throughput of folks wanting and needing advice. Clearly, they have to travel for such advice these days and the fact that Maghull no longer has a CAB must be a sad reflection on the state of our society.