Clydebank Welfare Rights Outreach Project

The need to support tenants affected by low income, multiple debt and arrears has been a recurring priority for housing associations and with the current prevailing economic recession and planned reforms to the welfare system this has become even more of a priority, both for social landlords and their tenants. We have supported 4 housing associations in Clydebank (Faifley, Knowes, Clydebank and Dalmuir Park Housing Associations) develop more targeted financial inclusion services for their tenants in partnership with Clydebank Independent Resource Centre, a local charity which has fought poverty in Clydebank over the past 30 years by providing impartial, confidential welfare rights, money and debt advice.

Clydebank Welfare Rights Outreach Project has enabled provision of welfare rights surgeries in outlying neighbourhoods enabling better uptake of services as outreach is closer to the Clydebank Welfare Rights Servicecommunities and tenants in need of support. This has ensured a more effective means of referral as housing staff are able to identify vulnerable households in need of additional support and help them access the advice they require to improve their quality of life.

We have recently supported the Resource Centre secure 3 years funding from The Robertson Trust to enable the continuation of this partnership and delivery of outreach services, which will target those people in greatest need across Clydebank.  An important element of this funding was to enable the continuation of the campaign work of the Clydebank Independent Resource Centre which will also include awareness-raising on the introduction of universal credit and other changes to the benefits system which will impact on the lives of tenants.

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