Leith Citizens Advice Bureau is moving to larger premises, to help volunteers cope with the record numbers of people who need advice on issues like debt, housing, employment and benefits. The Leith Bureau – part of Citizens Advice Edinburgh - has been based in Great Junction Street since 1984. But with a 25% rise in clients since 2008, the advice service has been searching for a building to meet current levels of demand.
The Leith Bureau will move to larger premises at 12 Bernard Street in Leith on Monday 20th August.
Moira Tasker, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice Edinburgh, says,
“This move will make a real difference to the people of Leith during these very difficult times. Since the recession, we’ve seen a huge increase in demand for our advice – particularly on money-related issues, like debt and mortgage or rent arrears. Many families in the city are struggling just to pay the household bills.
“The charity has been trying for years to get a better base. With this move, we'll be able to see and help more clients. We will also have the space to offer people additional free services, like the new Money Advice Service. The new premises offer a much improved working environment for our dedicated volunteers and staff and a much better environment for the thousands of people – many of whom are in crisis - who visit us for advice each year.”
CAE provides advice to over 26,000 people each year.