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.
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