Making Advice Work in Edinburgh

Edinburgh advice projects mark success of first year

Twelve Edinburgh projects have given more than 1,600 people advice on debt and other problems stemming from benefits changes and the ongoing impact of the economic downturn since being launched a year ago.

Their efforts resulted in financial gains of over £1.8m for those needing help with problems on a range of issues, including welfare benefits, housing debt and consumer debt.

The projects were set up last year under the Making Advice Work Programme (MAW), which focuses on improving access to advice for people in Scotland.

MAW is funded by the Scottish Government and the Money Advice Service and is managed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB).Blue_Board_logo

On 28 October 2014, an activity report was published to highlight and celebrate the collective work of the projects’ first year’s work at an event held at the Scottish Parliament.

It includes case studies from each of MAW’s three streams: Stream 1 – community-wide advice; Stream 2 – helping tenants of social landlords and Stream 3 – thematic stream.

A copy of the Activity Report can be found here: SLAB MAW Annual Report 2014

The Projects delivering the ‘Making Advice Work’ Programme in Edinburgh are:

CHAI:  working with Granton Information Centre & Cyrenians

CEC Advice Shop:  working with Citizens Advice Edinburgh

Dunedin Canmore Housing:  working with Port of Leith Housing Association and Hillcrest Housing Association

Prospect Community Housing:  Working with CHAI, CEC and Cyrenians

The Action Group:  working with Ark Housing

Shelter Scotland

Deaf Action