Pressure on the trustees running the Diss, Thetford and District Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has increased significantly this week.
Following a decision by the trustees, reported exclusively by the Diss Express, to axe the membership of local councils which help to fund the bureau, a rebelling member has moved to overturn the decision.
Diss, Eye, Thetford and Harleston town councils, as well as South Norfolk Council and Suffolk County Council, were no longer members as of Saturday, after trustees announced the change in August. They said that it would avoid a “potential conflict of interest, where funders are also members.”
But the Diss Community Partnership, which is a member of the charity, has written to the branch secretary, and trustee, Geoff Young, proposing a motion at the forthcoming AGM, on September 24, that the decision be overturned, and the councils reinstated.
A member of Diss Community Partnership, a group which promotes community cohesion, said several members of the group were also members of the branch as individuals and were concerned about the direction the charity was going.
The member told the Diss Express: “We believe that the trustees are acting far beyond their powers and what makes it worse is the reasons they give for ending the membership of local authorities amounts to piffle.”
The Diss Express attempted to clarify what the potential conflicts of interest existed for councils were, but a CAB spokesman said they would make no further comment to a statement made to the Diss Express last month on the matter.
Diss Town Council has sent a strongly worded letter to the trustees, asking what good reason there was for their membership axe, and South Norfolk Council is due to meet the trustees today to quiz them on the decision.
Last autumn the trustees failed to convince enough members to vote for a highly controversial dissolving of the Diss and Thetford branch to merge with a wider Norfolk CAB.