Evaluations of grant funding advice programmes published

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017

Over 80% of people surveyed had their benefits and debt problems resolved after receiving advice from projects funded by the Scottish Government and the Money Advice Service.

The finding is in a report published today that evaluates projects in the Economic Downturn and Making Advice Work grant funding programmes.

The two programmes are managed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) and focus on improving access to advice and representation for people in Scotland. People sought help from the projects for benefits and debt problems,

Survey respondents also said that following advice they knew more about how to respond to problems in future, felt more confident and worried less about debts or arrears.

Seventy-four projects are covered by the evaluation. Over the period evaluated (from October 2012 – November 2015), projects helped more than 58,000 people with 80,000 benefits, housing and debt problems. The report concludes that more than four-fifths of clients resolved their problems.

The Money Advice Service today publish an evaluation of Stream 3 of the Making Advice Work Programme. This thematic stream supported the delivery of 16 pilot projects that tested new ways of working with particularly marginalised groups.

These included people with disabilities, people experiencing domestic abuse and people with additional specific needs.

All projects aimed to improve the financial circumstances and resilience of very specific groups of service users based on a need identified through pre-existing service delivery.

This report can be found on the Money Advice Service website.