CAB recovers more than £3million for clients

Pictured at the Newtownabbey Citizens Advice Bureau AGM are (left to right) Deputy Mayor Fraser Agnew, Pat Hutchinson MBE, CAB District Manager; guest speaker Elaine O'Doherty, Public Health Agency; Billy Snoddy, CAB Chairman, and Nigel Dodds MP. INNT 25-023-FP

Pictured at the Newtownabbey Citizens Advice Bureau AGM are (left to right) Deputy Mayor Fraser Agnew, Pat Hutchinson MBE, CAB District Manager; guest speaker Elaine O'Doherty, Public Health Agency; Billy Snoddy, CAB Chairman, and Nigel Dodds MP. INNT 25-023-FP

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NEWTOWNABBEY Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) helped clients recover more than £3million in unclaimed benefits during the past financial year, it has been revealed.

Details of another successful year for the local CAB office were unveiled at the Bureau’s Annual General Meeting at the Dunanney Centre, Rathcoole on Friday (June 15).

Guest speaker at the event was Elaine O’Doherty from the Public Health Agency, who spoke about the importance of joint working across the community, voluntary and statutory sectors and highlighted the very successful Advice 4 Health project, which aims to promote benefit uptake to those with an underlying health need and reduce poverty amongst the elderly, people with disabilities, people with mental health difficulties and families with young children. Also among the guests at the AGM were North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds and Deputy Mayor Fraser Agnew.

Presenting the Annual Report to the meeting, District Manager Pat Hutchinson revealed how between April 2011 and March 2012 Newtownabbey CAB dealt with over 30,000 enquiries, recovered £3.3 million in unclaimed benefits for clients, dealt with £11.9 million of client debt, and represented people at 214 tribunals.

For more information about the services provided by Newtownabbey Citizens Advice Bureau telephone 028 9085 2271.

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