THE council's decision to cut funding to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has been met with shock from the service's board and management.
Newtownabbey Borough Council is to provide just over 170,000 a year for the next three years for the Dunanney Centre-based service.
The figure represents a cut of 47,000, or around a fifth of the budget, according to the CAB.
The council announced the funding cut in a statement which read: "Newtownabbey Borough Council has confirmed its support for the excellent work of Newtownabbey Citizens Advice Bureau by announcing a funding package of almost 700,000 over a three year period.
"The council will be providing 171,002 per annum which will increase by the rate of inflation each year which is currently estimated to be in the region of five per cent per annum.
"This amount will be in addition to funding which will be provided by the Department for Social Development (DSD) which is anticipated to be in the region of 56,423 per annum.
"This provides a total funding package of 227,425 per annum."