Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has praised the Citizen’s Advice Bureau Scotland after it released its annual statistics for 2019-20. The statistics showed that CAB supported 2,882 people in the Northern Isles during the latest reporting year, helping save islanders £3.8 million – an increase of £500,000 over the previous period.
Commenting on the report, Mr Carmichael said:
“These figures demonstrate, if there were any doubt, the vital role that the Citizens Advice Bureau plays in the isles. With close to 3,000 clients helped and support in gaining £3.8M their results speak for themselves. Almost everyone in the isles will know someone who has felt the positive impact of the CAB.
“Their financial support alone is impressive but there is much more to CAB’s work than this. They benefit some of the most vulnerable people in our communities – and often simply knowing there is someone there to help can be a source of reassurance for people in stress. I know first-hand the excellent work that CAB workers and volunteers do in the isles and we cannot thank them enough.”