A move by the Diss, Thetford and District Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to remove membership rights from local councils which help fund it has been met with concern.
The Diss Express understands that the trustees of the Diss and Thetford branch have written to councils including, Diss, Eye, Harleston and Thetford to tell them they will no longer be members from August 31.
Members are allowed to vote on key decisions affecting the charity’s future, including last year’s vote on whether to dissolve the branch to merge with the wider Norfolk CAB. The proposal was ultimately derailed by some members, including Diss Town Council, which voted against the proposal.
Mayor of Diss, Neil Howard, told the Diss Express: “This (letter) is a concern to me and the town council.”
He said he had called a meeting next week with deputy mayor Keith Kiddie and Tony Palmer, the town council’s delegated CAB member, to come up with a response.
Thetford and Harleston town councils also confirmed they had received the letter, and the Diss Express was still awaiting confirmation from South Norfolk Council and Eye Town Council on theirs.
The issue hinges on whether councils who give grants should also have a say on the future of the charity, via membership.
Penny McSheehy, trustee of the Diss and Thetford CAB said the branch had reviewed policies considered by the national Citizens advice body to be “out of date.”