A SCHEME giving deprived Huntingdonshire people almost £1.5million over the past two years is set to be ditched by Cambridgeshire County Council. The scheme, run by the county's Citizens Advice Bureaux, was costing the council about £270,000 a year. It improved the take-up of benefits to which people in the county were entitled but not claiming. The attraction to the county council was that, because part of its central government grant was based on the number of benefit claimants, the council received more money from Whitehall than it paid the CAB to run the scheme. But, with changes to the funding rules, the benefit to CCC has diminished and it has decided to withdraw funding from October. The decision to axe funding was taken last week - on the very day the Joseph Rowntree Trust published a report showing that the gap between the richest and poorest in society was getting wider.