The head of the Citizens Advice Bureau service in Angus was honoured by colleagues and friends at a lunch on Friday to mark his retirement.
Over 70 guests, including representatives from Angus Council, Citizens Advice Scotland and the three Angus CABx, gathered to honour George F. Allan, head of the service for the last 15 years. An ornamental, inscribed quaich and a cheque were handed over by the past and present chairs of Angus CAB, Dr. Donald McNeil and Ian Robertson. Ian said it was when you looked at the statistics you realised how much Mr Allan had achieved since he started with Angus CAB. The last financial year saw CAB’s highest income ever, over £330,000, which, even taking into account inflation, was a considerable advance on earlier years. Inquiries from clients continued at the rate of over 10,000 per year. There have been technical and legislative changes, as well as improvement in the accommodation: a new office in Forfar, a revamping of the Arbroath and Montrose offices. He had also been instrumental in joint partnership working with other organisations. Angus CAB had also changed from being a company limited by guarantee as well as a charity to a Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation, a single format.
Ian said: “George’s life for the past 15 years has been one of coping successfully with all this change and he has demonstrated tremendous stamina, skills and perseverance in so doing.”