Sup­port for Ar­madale

West Lothian Courier - - News -

Ar­madale may soon get its own Ad­vice Shop with reg­u­lar ses­sions be­ing held at the town’s part­ner­ship cen­tre. It is one of the op­tions that the Ad­vice Shop team based in Bath­gate is look­ing at to help the de­velop the ser­vice in the west of the county. Chris Nel­son, from the Ad­vice Shop, told the Ar­madale and Black­ridge Lo­cal Area Com­mit­tee that the Ad­vice Shop had helped 1400 peo­ple over the year with in­quiries and had helped se­cure £2.8m in ben­e­fits and re­cover £131,000 on ben­e­fit ap­peals for its clients. As with other ar­eas, Chris Nel­son high­lighted the grow­ing com­plex­ity of fi­nan­cial is­sues raised by those us­ing the ser­vice in Ar­madale and Black­ridge. He also pointed to the £452,000 of debt which Ad­vice Shop staff had helped cus­tomers man­age. Most is with small value loans and high in­ter­est rates, an­other grow­ing trend seen across the ser­vice in other ar­eas. Chris Nel­son added:“It is of­ten not just about the ex­tra money. We do have to de­liver some dif­fi­cult mes­sages to peo­ple.”

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