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A Day in the Life of a Money Matters Adviser

My name’s Craig and I’ve been working as a money adviser for the Money Matters Project since 2008. As a money adviser I can help people to budget their money and help with all sorts of other money related issues. In practice, what people most need help with is debts. 

The work my colleagues and I do in this project is quite different from the work carried out in the five main Citizens Advice Edinburgh Bureaux. Money Matters is an “outreach” project which means that we actively offer advice, rather than waiting for people to come to us. That’s because we’ve found that often the people that need the most help are least likely to ask for it ...

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Personal Independence Payments in Edinburgh

The coalition government’s summer 2010 budget announced that from 2013/14 new and existing working age Disability Living Allowance (DLA) claims would be subjected to a new ‘objective medical assessment’.  This was confirmed in the Welfare Act 2012, which included legislation for DLA to be replaced with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payments (PIP) for people aged 16-64.  Citizens Advice Scotland at the time predicted that the introduction of PIP would lead to increased demand for benefit advice at Citizens Advice Bureaux’s...

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