In November 2021, I backed calls from workers at the Citizens Advice debt advice service to halt a recommissioning process that saw many of them facing service cuts and redundancy.
It has now been announced that this recommission process is being halted and services will be provided for a further year.
I’m pleased to see that the Government have listened to service providers and local MPs and have decided to halt this recommissioning process, that put services and jobs at risk.
The Money & Pensions Service (MaPS) is the largest funder of face-to-face community-based debt advice in South Yorkshire, and throughout the pandemic they have provided a vital role to support communities, and often, those who a most vulnerable in our community, with debt advice.
Once again, due to this Government’s actions, many families and our communities are facing a cost-of-living crisis, and many are having to make the hard decision between feeding their families and heating their homes. The service that is provided by MaPS will be invaluable for many in our communities and I will be working to ensure that these services are retained for the long term.