Sup­port of­fered at ben­e­fits tri­bunals

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Gra­ham Miller

Air­drie Cit­i­zens’ Ad­vice Bureau has launched a new ser­vice to as­sist peo­ple fac­ing ben­e­fits tri­bunals.

The North La­nark­shire tri­bunal rep­re­sen­ta­tion unit will de­liver client-cen­tred help at so­cial se­cu­rity tri­bunals.

Air­drie CAB man­ager Aaliya Seyal said: “We are de­lighted to be able to pro­vide a voice to our com­mu­ni­ties to legally chal­lenge un­fair de­ci­sions un­der all as­pects of wel­fare ben­e­fits, hold­ing de­ci­sion mak­ers ac­count­able.

“This ser­vice will be needed more than ever with the full roll out of Univer­sal Credit and the on­go­ing wel­fare re­form agenda.”

Air­drie CAB will work along with other North La­nark­shire bu­reaux, in­clud­ing Coat­bridge.

Mar­ian Tobin, man­ager of the Coat­bridge of­fice, added: “This is a fan­tas­tic ser­vice and high­lights what sup­port is avail­able to our vul­ner­a­ble clients in these dif­fi­cult times, as well as demon­strat­ing how the bu­reaux work closely to­gether to ben­e­fit the peo­ple of North La­nark­shire”.

The new ser­vice is funded by the As­pir­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Fund, with sup­port from the Euro­pean So­cial Fund, and will re­ceive £216,203 over the next 18 months.

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