Definition of the Citizens Advice Bureau from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


the Citizens Advice Bureau

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(abbreviation CAB)
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a British organization with offices in many towns to which people can go for free advice about the law, money problems, the government services available to help them, etc. The Citizens Advice Bureau is mostly paid for by the government and by local authorities, and many of the people who work for it are volunteers (= are not paid). It started in 1939, when people needed information about the arrangements that had to be made during World War II, although the need for a service to advise on social welfare was considered as early as 1935. The name of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux was changed to Citizens Advice in 2003.