Citizens Advice Westminster celebrates its 80th anniversary
Citizens Advice Westminster is marking 80 years of providing free, independent and impartial advice and information to the Westminster community.
Citizens Advice was founded on 4 September 1939 – the day after the second world war was declared – as a front-line emergency service for civilians and the Westminster bureau was one of the first to open.
Shirley Springer, Chief Executive Officer, Citizens Advice Westminster, said:
“Citizens Advice Westminster is celebrating #80yearsofadvice. The initial wartime problems of ration books, evacuation, missing relations and bomb damaged homes were very much of the time, but the problems of poverty, debt, housing and homelessness are still with us today and people’s lives are more complex. Last year we helped over 12,000 people with 21,000 problems and achieved £3m in financial outcomes for local people.
“Our advice changes lives because we are constantly adapting to the challenges people face, from high energy costs or broadband bills to tenants’ fees and Universal Credit. Whatever the problem, our amazing staff and volunteers do all they can to help people find their way forward.
“I would like to thank and pay tribute to the support we receive from Westminster City Council and our other funders, our wonderful, dedicated trustees, staff and volunteers over the years who have ensured that we continue to serve the citizens of Westminster. We are here for everyone and we will continue to help make things better.”