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Celebrating 80 Years of Advice in Hackney today with Mayor Glanville

Picture of, left to right, Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville, our CEO Yasmin Alam, and David Ross, chair of our Trustee Board
L-R: Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville, our CEO Yasmin Alam, and David Ross, chair of our Trustee Board

We celebrated 80 years of providing free, independent advice nationally by hosting a celebration event at our Hackney office today.

The Citizens Advice service was founded on 4 September 1939 – the day after World War II was declared. Since then, the service has become a trusted household name.  Last year it helped 2.7 million people across England and Wales in person, by phone, email or web chat.

80th anniversary celebrations are taking place across England and Wales throughout the year.

Picture of Hackney Mayor cutting 80th Anniversary cake
Mayor Glanville cuts the cake

Staff, volunteers and local residents gathered together with Mayor Philip Glanville to celebrate 80 years of supporting people to resolve their problems.

Yasmin Alam, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice East End, said:

“Citizens Advice East End is celebrating #80YearsOfAdvice with today’s celebration event in Hackney. Our advice changes lives because we are constantly adapting to the challenges people face, from Universal Credit to Council Tax debts. We’re a local independent charity and members of the national Citizens Advice network. Most of us here at Citizens Advice East End are volunteers, 100 in our 130 strong team. Last year we helped over 32,000 people in Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets, increasing local people’s incomes by over £19 million. Whatever the problem, our amazing staff and volunteers do all they can to help people find their way forward. We are here for everyone and we will continue to help make things better.”

Mayor Philip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, said:

“We know that good advice can change people’s lives. That’s why we’re happy to celebrate the Citizens Advice service today, and the Council continue to invest in and support the work of Citizens Advice East End volunteers and staff in Hackney. Last year they helped 16,000 Hackney residents, helping to increase people’s incomes by £8 million, preventing 583 evictions – amongst thousands of other personal interventions, helping the most vulnerable in the borough – against a background of ever rising need.”