Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has praised local Ceredigion Citizens Advice Bureau, and the impact they have on improving people’s health and saving the public money.
Mark attended an event in the House of Commons where he said that independent advice can help people to overcome problems they face.
The event, hosted by national charity Citizens Advice, brought together MPs from all parties and health professionals, to highlight the positive impact of advice on people’s health. Research from the charity shows that over 80 per cent of clients say that CAB advice made them less stressed, depressed or anxious.
As well as improving health, advice can also save money. The average cost to the NHS of treating anxiety or depression is £880, whereas the cost of advice per client is £123. This means that each time an advice intervention mitigates the need for GP mental health treatment, there’s a potential saving of over £750.
Commenting Mark Williams said:
“Independent, effective advice is not only important for people’s problems, but can actually improve people’s health, and I am pleased to support the important work of the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Ceredigion.
“I encourage local health professionals to work with their local Ceredigion’s Citizens Advice Bureau to help improve the health of our community.”