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Debt advice projects to access £7.45m under new programme 29 April 2013

A new £7.45m programme which aims to fund projects in Scotland helping provide debt advice and information has been set up.

The Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Making Advice Work (MAW) programme will invite applications for funding under three main streams.

The programme is being funded by £5.1m from the Scottish government and £2.35m from the Money Advice Service.

Under stream one, projects providing advice, information and representation to people with debt problems, including local authority advice providers, third sector organisations and law centres, will be able to access a maximum grant of around £200,000 for an 18-month period.

Another £2.5m will be made available to projects which focus specifically on advice for tenants of social landlords, particularly those dealing with the impact of changes to the benefit system.

MAW will offer a maximum grant of £150,000, with a particular focus on partnership projects which would deliver help to tenants of more than one social landlord.

The third stream of the new programme will aim to tackle barriers in accessing advice or to test new ways of resolving problems related to debt, financial management and social welfare law.

The Scottish Legal Aid Board will open applications for the first two streams during the week beginning 13 May 2013, with the deadline for proposals 23 June this year.

Applications for the third stream will start from 6 May 2013 and will close on 16 June 2013.

It anticipates that those projects which receive financing will be operational by autumn this year.



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