By the time all of the welfare reform changes have been implemented, the City of Edinburgh Council predicts that its total expenditure on benefits will be cut by a total of £500 million. The impacts of these reforms could be devastating, particularly for the city’s most vulnerable.
The City of Edinburgh Council strategy is to increase the support available to benefits claimants and people in poverty during this critical period, and to strengthen third sector advice and information services. In targeting people in recovery, our project will help meet these objectives by focusing on a specific, hard to reach and hard to help target group which many mainstream services struggle to support effectively.
The project was developed following the success of a six month pilot which provided a dedicated financial inclusion worker within a service for people recovering from addiction. The findings of this pilot showed that people recovering from substance use gained significant benefit from direct access to welfare rights support in a recovery setting, as well as support for behaviour change through a savings and budgeting group. You can read more about this pilot here: