Citizens Advice responds to the Budget 2024


Citizens Advice responds to the Budget 2024

Responding to the Chancellor’s Budget on March 6th 2024, Dame Clare Moriarty, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“Today the Chancellor supported people in the most dire situations by abolishing fees for Debt Relief Orders. These unaffordable fees have priced people out of getting the support they need as 9 in 10 people with a DRO struggled to pay the upfront cost. The Chancellor’s action is very welcome and will mean more people can find a way out of debt.

Nicky Willshere, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Ipswich said:

“We’re expecting this year to be just as tough, if not worse, than the last 18 months for many. Millions of households are living on empty and simply can’t afford to heat their homes or put food on the table.

“We are relieved to some extent tht the Household Support Fund has been extended by six months. But this is only a temporary fix. We need to see a longer-term commitment to ensure this vital fund doesn’t abruptly dry up in the future.”