CITIZENS Advice Bureaux in East Herts and Uttlesford are to share more than £350,000 thanks to grants from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).
Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery Fund director for England said: “Getting the right advice at the right time can be a lifeline for people and communities most in need.
"Current services are struggling to keep up with increasing demand and the greater complexity in the types of problems people are facing.
"This timely funding demonstrates the enormous value that BIG can bring by offering support to help local partnerships of advice providers to come together to develop new ways of working fit for the 21st century.
"Times are tough for advice providers and for people at the thin end of the wedge. This is a chance to invest in a much needed transformation of services so that they can adapt, respond to need and survive.”
East Herts CAB, which operates in Stortford, Sawbridgeworth, Hertford, Buntingford and Ware is to get £249,924 while Uttlesford's offices in Dunmow, Stansted, Thaxted and Walden will share £107,876 as part of a multi-million pound support package from BIG and the Cabinet Office, which is contributing half of the funding.
Nick Hurd, the minister for civil society said: "At a time of great change, it is important that people can continue to access high quality local advice. This partnership fund is designed to help local providers come together and deliver a better coordinated and more sustainable service”