Boost for Argyll and Bute welfare rights service

ACHA's welfare rights information service has received funding of �170,000 from the Scottish Government.
ACHA's welfare rights information service has received funding of �170,000 from the Scottish Government.

The future of a welfare rights information service provided for tenants of a local housing association has been secured thanks to a Scottish Government grant.

The service, which in Bute and Cowal is provided through a partnership between Argyll Community Housing Association and Bute Advice Centre, has received £170,000 from the government’s People and Communities Fund.

The aim of the service is to work with tenants on low incomes, who are particularly vulnerable to welfare reforms, helping them to maximise and stabilise their income and to maintain their tenancies.

The partnership project with Bute Advice Centre, initially backed with £200,000 of government funding, generated more than £1.2 million for Argyll and Bute residents in its first nine months of operation.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s chief executive, said: “As an organisation with charitable objectives to help those in the greatest need we are delighted to receive this grant from the Scottish Government.

“It will allow us in 2016/17 to continue our work with those that need financial assistance, support and representation.

“This financial support will allow us to do further outreach work in communities throughout Argyll and Bute to reach those who need help the most.”