Supporting People in Financial Hardship
31 October 2017
Supporting people in financial hardship
Over the past few years, there's been huge changes to the
benefits system in Britain. 'Full Service Universal Credit' will
launch in Edinburgh in June 2018, however, other changes to
people's benefits have already begun.
Many people may be affected by the benefit cap, which
effectively means that the amount of money they can claim through
benefits is limited. If their outgoings are higher than the cap,
this could leave them facing financial hardship.
The Discretionary Housing Payment is money the Scottish
Government gives to the Council. This fund allows the Council to
give additional support to citizens to help them pay their rent for
a short period, whilst they adjust to the welfare changes.
If you come in to contact with people who may be showing visible
signs of financial hardship, it's important to signpost them to the
Advice Shop or Edinburgh Housing Advice Partnership (EHAP) early.
They can provide advice and support.
Please ask people to contact the advice
shop on 0131 200 2360, find out more information on the Council
website, visit the EHAP
website or call them on 0845 302 4607.