Shelter and CAB Create Joint Service for Welfare Reforms

  • Shelter and the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB) in Scotland are joining together to help people with welfare reforms.Coins

    The charities are creating a service where people can get both sets of advice as more people struggle with rent and mortgage payments.

     Shelter Scotland and the Inverness, Badenoch & Strathspey CAB will be opening a joint hub in Inverness, offering weekly drop in sessions and appointments.

    It will have a housing adviser and a money and debt adviser, to give a place where both sets of advice can be obtained at a time when more and more people need help.

    They hope it will help people keep their homes as they struggle with rent and mortgage payments following the government's welfare reforms.

    Shelter Scotland experts will also offer advice and expert knowledge to Inverness CAB advisors and volunteers when they are dealing with housing and homelessness cases.

    Alison Watson, head of services at Shelter Scotland, said:

    At a time when increasing numbers of families and individuals are struggling with their household finances, and some are barely keeping a roof over their heads, we are proud to join forces with CAB to bring together the skills and expertise of two of the leading advice agencies in Scotland.

    Alasdair Christie, general manager of the Inverness, Badenoch & Strathspey Citizens Advice Bureau, said:

    The bedroom tax is a big worry for a lot of people we support and we hope that together, we'll be able to give them the help they need.

    CAB and Shelter Scotland both have the experience and resource to ensure this partnership, the first of its kind in Scotland, is successful and improves the lives of Highland folk.

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