Business as usual for Bute Advice Centre

The new permanent manager of Bute Advice Centre says it’s still ‘business as usual’ when it comes to helping island residents with the impact of welfare reforms.

Julie Semple, who took over following Gordon Sutherland’s retiral last month, says the centre is continuing to adhere to the same mission statement adopted when it was set up almost 30 years ago: “for the purpose of benefiting the community on Bute, by the advancement of education, the protection of health (both mental and physical) and the relief of poverty, sickness and distress.”

In an article which you can read in full in the August 2 issue of The Buteman, on sale now, Julie says: “In the last quarter our advisers were able to support local people to access almost £500,000 of income, including means and non-means tested benefits, payments and grants.

“If you have a welfare benefits query, a worry over debt, need support with budgeting or high energy bills or any other issue, please call for an appointment.

“An adviser can support you in a variety of ways, perhaps accessing grants and benefits, representing at appeal tribunals, liaising with creditors or government departments.”