Tackling Money Worries & Serious Debt
This is a new projects to help families cope with finances.
Some of the most marginalised families in Scotland who are most at risk of serious debt and money problems will be able to get help from sixteen new advice projects funded under the Scottish Legal Aid Board’s Tackling Money Worries (TMW) programme.
Families Outside will have direct involvement in supporting families in four of the projects, working in partnership with Shelter Scotland and the Citizens Advice Bureaux for Edinburgh, Parkhead and Motherwell & Wishaw.
The projects are designed to help low-income families with children who are facing a change in circumstances which places them at higher risk of debt and money problems. Each project will play an important role in finding long-term solutions to families’ financial difficulties by dealing with their underlying debts.
Of the sixteen project, six will focus on families affected by imprisonment. Families Outside is delighted to see recognition of this particular family group, which is all too often overlooked.
There will be direct advice and help for families to deal with crisis debt issues as well as help with building money-management skills to support family life throughout early years and childhood.
The TMW programme aims to bring together quality debt advice providers and agencies that are already trusted by families in their community. It will also build lasting and effective connections that will benefit families longer-term.
Funding of the projects has been made possible by Scottish Government approval for SLAB to spend up to £2.4m between October 2014 and September 2016 on initiatives related to the Child Poverty Strategy.