The manager of the local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)outlined a vision for a new ‘community hub’ building in Buckingham on Monday.
Janis Harding, manager of the Buckingham, Winslow and District CAB addressed the meeting of Buckingham Town Council to ask the town council to submit a bid for New Homes Bonus money on the CAB’s behalf.
The CAB is looking for £350,000 in New Homes Bonus money to build a new ‘hub’ behind the CAB’s existing offices at Wheeldon House, on Market Hill, with a connecting door.
The purpose-built building would house the various not-for-profit organisations serving Buckingham, Winslow and the surrounding rural areas, enabling them to work in partnership more easily.
It would also create much-needed additional space for the CAB.
Mrs Harding said: “There has never been a greater need for the kind of help and support the CAB and other not-for-profit agencies working in the town provides.
“Over the past few months, the changes brought about by welfare reform legislation are starting to have an adverse effect on our most vulnerable residents and the bureau has never been busier.
“As Universal Credit is rolled out, this situation will be exacerbated as online applications for benefits become a necessity.
“The new building will provide an ideal environment for our most vulnerable clients to have the help and assistance they need to access the benefits they are entitled to receive, via a computer booth and someone to provide face-to-face assistance with the online applications.”
Town councillors asked for more information before agreeing to bid for the money.