Citizens Advice Bureau boss says goodbye as job merge saves cash

Steve Naylor, chief executive at CAB MK
Steve Naylor, chief executive at CAB MK

A volunteer-turned-chief-executive of the city’s Citizens Advice Bureau is leaving the charity after 10 years.

The Midsummer Boulevard-based organisation faced closure earlier in the year when the council threatened to remove its funding.

But a campaign, headed up by the advice service boss Steve Naylor saw an influx of support from the public - pushing the council to do a u-turn on their proposed budget cuts.

Mr Naylor said: “I am sad to be leaving, but I hope it is for the good of CAB.

“It is a significant cost-saving effort as the company makes structural changes so it is able to thrive in the future.”

Ben Thomas - the current head of advice - will take over Mr Naylor’s job to become the new bureau director.

Mr Thomas said: “The need for a CAB in MK has never been greater; the number of people needing our help is rising and the nature of enquires increasingly complex.

“My immediate priority is to secure our future beyond the next financial year.”

But Mr Naylor, who will be the new chief executive for Bucks Vision next month, says the charity isn’t out of the woods yet when it comes to financial problems.

He said: “You have to face the hard fact that we are getting much less money from the council and more funding cuts are going to come. I just hope they won’t be as severe as the council suggests.”