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Newcastle City Council has set out the 2016-17 budget proposals, ‘Ambition in the face of austerity’. This includes a plan, amongst other things, to heavily reduce support for open access advice services. Due to the scale of cuts, Citizens Advice Newcastle may be forced to close in 2016.

A meeting will be held to strategically review the provision and needs of advice services in Newcastle, to be Chaired by the new Bishop of Newcastle.

The future of advice services in Newcastle – putting the needs of our people first will be held on Friday 29th January, between 12:00 - 14:00.


  • 12:00 - 12:05 – Welcome and introductions by the Right Reverend Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman
  • 12:05 - 12:20 – 'Ambition in the face of austerity' budget proposals affecting advice services in the city: Presentation by Newcastle City Council.
  • 12:20 - 12:45 – Table discussions: What’s happening to advice services in the City now?
  • 12:45 - 13:15 – Table discussions: How will the proposed funding cuts affect these services?
  • 13:15 - 13:45 – Table discussions: How can we protect the most vulnerable people in the city?
  • 13:45 – 14:00 – Plenary/action required: Feedback to Newcastle City Council and other key agencies.

Location: The Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle, NE1 5XU.

Please RSVP and direct any questions to Claire Iredale:

Drinks and refreshments will be provided.


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