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£2.2m for Wales free advice service
Dean White - July 1, 2015

Vital frontline advice services which help vulnerable people across Wales are set to receive £2,187,000, Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths has announced.

The grant funding will enable Citizens Advice Cymru, Shelter Cymru, SNAP Cymru, Age Cymru and Tenovus Cancer Care to offer free advice on a range of important issues which have a huge impact on people’s lives, such as cancer support, housing, employment and debt.

The continued investment will enable the organisations to build on the good work they achieved last year. Research shows that in 2014/15 they responded to 30,000 requests for information and advice and secured almost £6.5m in welfare benefits for people in Wales.

Tenovus Cancer Care established new outreach clinics in Cardiff and Holywell and supported 4,000 people whose lives are affected by cancer. They also secured £2.2m in income support for cancer patients and their loved ones.

Almost 1000 people suffering from discrimination benefitted from specialist advice, while Shelter Cymru prevented homelessness in over 75% of housing advice cases.