Making Advice Work - new Fund for advice services
The Scottish Government has announced, over recent months, an additional £7.9 million for advice and support services. Of this funding, £5.1 million will go towards a new £7.45 million Making Advice Work Fund which will be administered by the Scottish Legal Aid Board. The Fund is now open for applications and you can find full details of the new Fund on SLAB's website.
Welfare spend in Scotland could fall by up to £4.5 billion
Scottish Government analysis shows the impact of reductions in DWP expenditure across Scotland could be greater than previously estimated, with budgets possibly falling by as much as £4.5 billion in the five years to 2014-15.
Helping people and local authorities prepare for the changes
The Scottish Government has awarded £230,000 to three Council-led pilot projects to help mitigate the impact of the UK Government’s welfare reforms. You can read the full article here. We have also published analysis on the potential impact of the online delivery of Universal Credit.
Joint Statement with the Scottish Government and CoSLA
On 21 November 2012, the Scottish Government signed an agreement with CoSLA, to adopt a unified approach to supporting councils in their response to welfare reform. You can read the joint statement in full here.