Argyll and Bute Council has agreed to give £20,000 to Bute Advice Centre to support the organisation’s work with vulnerable members of the community.
The funds will allow the centre’s management committee to increase the number of hours for which its money advisers are employed on a sessional basis, and should secure the centre’s future for the rest of the current financial year.
News of the award was announced at an EGM held by the organisation in Rothesay this week.
The support from the council was confirmed in the week that the centre’s three paid staff were made redundant after 12 years of financial assistance from the Big Lottery Fund came to an end.
Sessional work has since been offered to all the centre’s staff on a part-time basis.
Bill McQueen, the chair of the centre’s management committee, said: “I’m pleased that Argyll and Bute Council has realised the financial position we were in and the potential loss to the community of the service the centre provides, and I’m glad to say that we now have no concerns over the service’s future for the rest of this financial year.”
Gordon Sutherland, who retired as the centre’s manager in July 2013 but remains a member of its management committee, told the EGM: “I know the council is going to at least consider us for funding in the future in the same way they consider Argyll and Bute Citizens’ Advice Bureau for funding, and we’re very grateful for that.”