A Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is one of a network of independent charities throughout the UK that give free, confidential information and advice to help people with their money, legal, consumer and other problems.
The twin aims of the Citizens Advice service are:
- To provide the advice people need for the problems they face.
- To improve the policies and principles that affect people's lives.
Trained advisers help write letters, make phone calls, negotiate with creditors and represent clients at tribunals and courts.
There are also Citizens Advice Bureau organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, and The Bronx, New York, USA .
When referring to more than one local CAB, the abbreviation CAB is sometimes pluralised as CABx because bureau is a French word with the plural bureaux, although CABs is also used.
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