PFCC Candidate Callum Robertson pays virtual visit to Citizens Advice South Essex

September 16, 2020 5:46 PM
Originally published by Essex Liberal Democrats

Today, Callum Robertson, the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Essex Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner continued his listening tour of community organisations Essex with a virtual visit to the South Essex Citizens Advice Bureau.

Katherine, the CEO of the South Essex CAB branch, which covers Basildon, Brentwood, Thurrock, Rayleigh and Castle Point met with Callum Robertson to discuss how the Office of Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex can best support the third sector in the delivery of frontline services.

Their discussions covering areas such as the legal aid desert, universal credit claims and fraud prevention we productive in helping inform how a Liberal Democrat Police Commissioner and Councils would respond to the challenges facing South Essex.

Katherine also explained how South Essex CAB has responded to COVID by moving their advice online to ensure that no one is left behind.

Callum Robertson CAB visit

Callum Robertson (right) with the CEO of South Essex CAB (left)

Robertson spoke about his wish to increase Police relationships with organisations like Citizens Advice and his plans for increasing joint funding arrangements in order to prevent people entering the criminal justice plans.

Following on from the meeting, Robertson said:

"I found this meeting to be incredibly useful in helping set out how Essex Police under my leadership can be more inclusive to the communities it serves.

There was a strong agreement on a public health approach to drug policy and for joint funding arrangements to provide community training in areas like online fraud prevention.

If elected, I look forward to working with Katherine and other frontline service providers to ensure that the people of Essex get the best Police force possible."

Should anyone need the services of South Essex Citizens Advice, they can find their website here.