Late last month the Cabinet Office published its report on its review of not-for-profit advice provision in England (PDF) and on the same day released details of the £65mAdvice Services Transition Fund – match-funded and administered by the Big Lottery. The report and fund potentially opens the door to the new thinking about advice we atAdviceUK have long called for, but in the real world things are tough and getting tougher. For many advice providers, the new report and funding offers cold comfort as local funding is cut, civil legal aid is largely wiped out and welfare reforms hit hard.

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