Lotto cash to help ACHA tenants

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Local social landlord Argyll Community Housing Association has been awarded almost £300,000 by the National Lottery to provide its tenants with money and welfare rights advice.

The award of £296,994 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Support and Connect Hardship Awards category will be used to

deliver a range of services including benefit checks and advice, supporting tenants at appeals and tribunals

and assistance with income maximisation.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s chief executive, said: “As an Association we are delighted at securing this substantial resource which will assist us in helping our poorest and most vulnerable tenants.

“With the introduction of the “Bedroom Tax” and Universal Credit implementation on the horizon this resource

will allow us to do all we can to help those in greatest need.”

ACHA has run its own welfare rights and advice service for the last three and a half years, and the new funds will help support that service until March 2015.