Dundee Money Action14/03/18
A new and innovative service to provide free financial help to people having problems with debt, heating their homes or saving for their future has been launched.
Dundee City Council and key partners have been awarded £2.97 million by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund to deliver the Dundee Money Action project.
Councillor Sawers, Depute Convener of the Policy and Resources Committee said: “Dundee Money Action is a really important project that aims to improve peoples’ wellbeing by enabling them to become more financially independent and confident about tackling their financial problems.
“Everyone who uses this service will get help to address their financial situation, not just in the short term, but for as long as they need it.
“As well as long term help we are looking to make sure that those who are facing financial exclusion from mainstream services will get help to access those services and do not have to suffer because of their financial situation.”
The council has joined with Brooksbank Centre, Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau, SCARF, Shelter Scotland, The Wise Group, and Discovery Credit Union to provide a partnership that works together to deliver the shared goals.
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “I am delighted that the people of Dundee will benefit from this funding, thanks in part to money raised by National Lottery players.
“The Dundee Money Action service will help people who are facing disadvantage to improve their money management skills and lower their debt burden, which often acts as a barrier to social inclusion.”
The launch will include speeches from Councillor Willie Sawers, Roddy Byers, Head of Funding for Big Lottery Fund, Mary Kinninmonth, Director of Dundee Citizens Advice Service, and an existent client of the service.
Dundee Money Action can work with lone parents, people out of work or low income households.
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Notes to Editors:
The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European
Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our
The Big Lottery Fund uses money raised by National Lottery players to help
communities achieve their ambitions. From small, local projects to UK-wide
initiatives, our funding brings people together to make a difference to their
health, wellbeing and environment. Since June 2004 we have awarded
£8.5 billion to projects that improve the lives of millions of people.
Delivering Financial Inclusion will see up to £16.3M in combined ESF and
National Lottery funds (£9.5M National Lottery £6.9M from European
Social Fund), used to address issues around financial exclusion and expand
individual’s financial capacity in five Scottish local authorities supporting
at least 19,695 people by February 2020.