New Advice Support to cope with benefit changes

New funding of £5.4 million from the Scottish Government will be directed at benefit advice services who support an increasing number of people hit by welfare changes.

This will include:

· Immediate cash injection of £300,000 for services such as those provided by Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS)

· Setting up a new £1.7 million fund providing direct support to advice services – we think this will be open to all organisations to apply for.

· A further £3.4 million to be spent over the next two years on helping organisations mitigate the impacts welfare reforms”.

We think this is a good step forward that we have been calling for over the last few months.  We will publish more details when they become available.

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