The Scottish National Party's Perthshire parliamentarians have welcomed news that Perth Citizens Advice Bureau have received a £288104 award from Big Lottery Fund's Support and Connect funding stream.
With 20 months funding from Support and Connect, Perth and Kinross Citizens Advice Bureau will lead a partnership project with Angus and Dundee CAB to expand their welfare advice services, provide outreach clinics and home visits and link up with 12 partner organisations.
The grant will pay for three welfare advice support workers and three welfare advice assistants who will support 2000 additional people from across Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus who are affected by welfare reform.
Speaking today Mr Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire said:
"With the Westminster Government forging ahead with any austerity programme which means big changes to welfare rules that will hit hardest some of the most hard-pressed in our society, the work done by Citizens Advice will be more important than ever.
"With this grant they will be better equipped to deal with the increased workload they will doubtless face and will be able to help a greater number of people."
Mr John Swinney MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for North Perthshire, added:
“The services of Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) are more and more vital in these times of austerity and Westminster cuts.
“The CAB in Perth provides fantastic advice and information for those who are in desperate need.
“This funding will provide a welcome boost for this innovative new service.”
Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, also welcomed the news, saying:
"Perth CAB does a fantastic job for folk right across Perth and Kinross so I was really pleased to learn that they are to benefit from a grant worth nearly a third of a million pounds.
"This funding will be of enormous benefit in supporting their work on behalf of all those affected by the appalling changes being made to the welfare system by the UK Government."