Sunday, 14 April 2024
Sunday, 14 April 2024

Solihull Citizens Advice welcomes new Chair with Mayor and MP’s support

CITIZENS Advice Bureau Solihull (CASB) has announced the appointment of its new Chair, a decision fully supported by the Mayor of the West Midlands and the local MP.

After nearly two years of service on the current Trustee Board of the charity, Daniel Bliss succeeds outgoing Chair Carole Hodson this month. The cost-of-living crisis has driven unprecedented demand for the services that CASB provides. The widely respected organisation offers information, advice and support with a wide range of issues such as money, benefits, energy concerns, employment problems, health, relationships, and consumer affairs.

The new Chair, from Castle Bromwich, at the age of 30, makes history as the youngest person to hold this position in the 60-year history of CASB. Moreover, he is thought to be one of the youngest Chairs among Citizens Advice branches nationwide.

The appointment has been endorsed by local politicians.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands said:

“I welcome Daniel’s appointment as the new Chair. He assumes the role at a critical time, with many families dealing with the challenges of the ongoing cost of living crisis. Citizens Advice serves as a lifeline for many in our communities, and I have full confidence that the organisation will rise to the complex challenges under Daniel’s leadership. I look forward to working closely with Daniel and his team to further our collective efforts to support the most vulnerable in our society when they need it most.”

Conservative MP for Meriden, Saqib Bhatti MBE, said:

“I congratulate Daniel on this new appointment and pay tribute to Citizens Advice for what they do in the Borough of Solihull. Daniel is a conscientious and passionate advocate for Citizens Advice, and I look forward to working with him in the future.”

Daniel Bliss, Chair of Citizens Advice Solihull Borough, said:

“It’s a privilege to be appointed to this role. There is an outstanding team here that transforms people’s lives every single day. Since COVID-19, there has been a greater demand for Citizens Advice services across Solihull, and we assisted over 3,000 people with more than 16,000 issues in 2023. I look forward to working with the community and all stakeholders to make a positive difference across Solihull.”

CABS no longer receives funding from Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. The new Chair is appealing for sponsors from the local business community to support the organisation’s work. Additionally, the new Chair will oversee the recruitment of several new Trustees to join the Board.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or volunteering for Citizens Advice Solihull Borough, please contact Kerry Turner on: 01217886527 or email: kturner@casb.org.uk.

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