Cash boost for anti-poverty work

Anti-poverty work in Scotland has received a £1 million
boost over two years following an announcement by Hugh Henry,
deputy social justice minister.

Henry, a former welfare rights adviser for several local
authorities, said: “Too many Scots do not have the basic financial
services like a bank account or access to affordable credit that
the rest of us enjoy. Tackling financial exclusion, closing this
gap, is a top priority.”

The new funding complements a £3 million package announced
by the executive earlier in the year. Grants will go to Money
Advice Scotland and Citizens Advice Scotland to fund debt

Last month, the executive launched the Debt Arrangements and
Attachments Bill which proposes to alter the law on dealing with
debt, banning the use of warrant sales and heightening the role of
financial advisers and debt counsellors.




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