A SERVICE which offers advice on welfare support will have its budget slashed by more than 60 per cent.

The council’s welfare rights service will lose£245,000 and funding for Citizens Advice, based at Wellington House, will also be cut by £95,000.

It will offer a streamlined advice line service, more self-serve help and face-to-face support with more complex cases, appeals and tribunals dealt with by council staff.

Jo Clark, interim chief executive officer at CAB, said: “There are limited funding opportunities available and an increasing number of organisations competing for them at a time when the demand for our advice services is increasing.

“Citizens Advice Barnsley has seen an increase of 16 per cent in the number of clients assisted in the last six months compared to the same period last year.”