Pop-up clinics set up for benefit help

Lorraine Reid and Norman Stirling are newly-appointed welfare rights advisers, at Citizens Advice

Lorraine Reid and Norman Stirling are newly-appointed welfare rights advisers, at Citizens Advice

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Fife residents affected by changes to the welfare benefit system can access extra help from Citizens Advice and Rights Fife.

The organisation has received additional funding to set up local, community based, pop-up clinics to provide information and support to the large number of Fifers expected to be affected by the changes currently being introduced by the Government.

Some changes have already been introduced but the introduction of universal credit, benefit capping, and changes to housing benefits are expected to make a big impact.

The pop-up clinics will be located in areas known to have high numbers of benefit claimants or families likely to be affected by the changes.

Each clinic will be available for between one and five days and their primary purpose will be to provide information and advice that helps people to manage successfully the transition to the new benefit system.

Access to the clinics will be on a drop in basis and where possible some will be organised for evenings and weekends.

Details of where the pop-up clinics are to be held are still being finalised and will be advertised in the near future.