ACHA link-up with Bute Advice Centre generates £1.2m for tenants

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon with Brendan O'Hara MP with ACHA tenants Mr and Mrs Birnie, who have both benefited from the association's welfare rights service, provided with the help of Bute Advice Centre.
First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon with Brendan O'Hara MP with ACHA tenants Mr and Mrs Birnie, who have both benefited from the association's welfare rights service, provided with the help of Bute Advice Centre.

A welfare rights project for housing tenants run by Bute Advice Centre has generated more than £1.2 million for Argyll and Bute residents in just nine months.

Argyll Community Housing Association’s welfare rights information project, provided by the local advice centre with funding of £200,000 from the Scottish Government, gives ACHA tenants assistance with existing claims or starts claims from scratch.

Almost £400,000 of the total raised related to housing benefit.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s chief executive, said: “Yet again the value of our welfare rights service has been demonstrated. The benefits system for tenants both in and out of work can be daunting and our project not only provides help for our tenants but by extension the wider community too.

“I would urge any of our customers experiencing problems to contact our service and make an appointment to check they are receiving all they are entitled to.”

The project received a visit from the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and Brendan O’Hara, MP for Argyll and Bute, during the course of 2015, when they called on Mr and Mrs Birnie, two ACHA tenants living in Oban who have benefited from the service.

For more information on the service or to make an appointment call 0800 028 2755 or any local ACHA office, or visit www.acha.co.uk.