Diss Citizens Advice Bureau could merge into a Norfolk branch

A Norfolk town's Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) will decide at the start of next week whether to join up with a county wide organisation, which could have an impact on governance.

The Diss, Thetford and District branch of the CAB, based in Shelfanger Road, will meet on Monday (September 24) at the Park Hotel to decide whether to join forces with the Norfolk CAB, formed by unifying the four districts, including Diss, Norwich and West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Yare Valley.

However, David Sice, chairman of the trustees with the Diss and Thetford branch, provided reassurances the move would not result in the closure of the Shelfanger Road office or any changes to opening hours or the number of volunteers.

The only change could be a reduction in the number of trustees, Mr Sice added, as there were currently 25 trustees with the four different districts and he believed there could be positives emerging from the new unified structure, which should be strongly financially than when the four districts operated separately.

Currently, the four districts have 450 volunteers and 50 full or part-time staff providing advice and assistance with legal problems, debt and consumer issues, benefits, housing, employment and immigration.

These volunteers are based at nine offices across the county, at Diss, Norwich, Wymondham, Great Yarmouth, North Walsham, Fakenham, Attleborough, Diss, Thetford and King's Lynn.

Mr Sice said: 'Norfolk CAB proposes to become the primary body for service delivery across the county. We hope to find our position is stronger financially as a result of the move, though it is difficult to accurately forecast what will happen.'

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The EGM to discuss the merger will take place at 7pm at the Park Hotel and will be followed by an AGM at 8pm.

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