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Residents save more than £1.5m

East Renfrewshire's Money Advice and Rights team success as they save more than 1.5million for residents.

More than £1.5million of savings have been made by the Money Advice and Rights Team (MART) for residents across East Renfrewshire in just three months.

MART was established in January of this year and has supported 1626 residents with advice on debt, welfare rights and benefits saving them a total of £1,646,794 in the first quarter of 2016 (Apr-Jun).

The team meets with the Forum Advice Information & Resources East Renfrewshire (FAIRER) group every two months.

Councillor Ian McAlpine, Convener of Corporate and Community Services chairs the meetings.

"The group is an information sharing forum, where the voluntary and third sector groups can meet with council services, share ideas and create more effective ways of working to benefit the people of East Renfrewshire. When the group comes together, it is fantastic to hear about the massive impact and developments made by the services in the previous months and discuss new ways of working. We want to get the message out to local people that they are not alone with any personal or financial concerns. Please get in touch with any of the services if you need support. We can help you resolve your financial and personal problems and also access any money you may be entitled to.
Councillor Ian McAlpine - Convener of Corporate and Community Services

There are a number of successes reported by services within the FAIRER group including:

  • The Scottish Welfare Fund (who provide a safety net for vulnerable people on low incomes through the provision of Community Care Grants and Crisis Grants) are actively working with 867 people across East Renfrewshire and have awarded more than £14,000 in Crisis Grants and just short of £115,000 in Community Care Grants since April 2016;
  • East Renfrewshire Council's Prevention Team (who protect residents from unnecessary personal and financial harm) have managed to block more than 100,000 nuisance/scam calls, provide health drink choice training to 1500 school kids and made over £2million preventative savings between residents and the public purse;
  • The Citizen's Advice Bureau have made client financial gains of £2.8million with £1.6million attributable to benefits in the year 15/16.

Residents who require advice or support regarding personal and financial issues should get in touch for FREE on 0800 0521023 or email MART.

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