THE two Citizens' Advice Bureaux in Kirklees have joined forces.
The North and South Kirklees branches have signed a partnership agreement - thought to be the first of its kind in the country.
The two bureaux are part of national charity Citizens' Advice, which provides free, independent and confidential advice on benefits, housing, employment, legal issues and consumer issues.
Each bureau is treated as an individual charity, run by trustees and manned by trained volunteers.
The North and South Kirklees bureaux have always worked closely, but now they have cemented a formal partnership agreement.
It means the two bureaux will share funding bids, develop policies together and arrange for staff to meet on a regular basis.
Clare Coard, district manager of North Kirklees CAB, said: "One of the first successes of closer co-operation has been our adviser training project.
"This has already recruited 69 trainee advisers and they have greatly increased our capacity to deliver advice."
Following the merger, the North and South bureaux have been selected from 450 as one of three centres in Britain to demonstrate new ways of delivering advice.
These include using an electronic appointments system, giving advice via email or telephone and installing touchscreen kiosks, which clients can use themselves.
Mark Lacey, chief executive of South Kirklees Citizens Advice Bureau, said: "This is an exciting time for both bureaux. We are both committed to finding new ways to deliver more quality advice."