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7m funding for projects helping 'debt-driven' homelessness

By Daniel Culpan

8 October2021

Homeless person sheltering in an underpass Schemes across Scotland that help people who are facing homelessness due to debt problems are set to receive 7 million of funding.

The Scottish Legal Aid Board - also known as SLAB - is handing out cash grants to projects north of the border, with a total of 17 schemes already benefitting from the money.

Some of the funding has been earmarked to directly help people with serious debt problems who are going through the court - and face losing their home as a result of legal action. The projects will also provide more in-depth advice to help people with financial problems find suitable solutions to help them repay their debts.

The 7 million fund - 4.8 million from the Scottish Government and 2.2 million from the Money Advice Service - is available from now until 2015, and will help organisations such as housing and homelessness charity Shelter Scotland.

SLAB chief executive, Lindsay Montgomery, commented: "The projects will play an important role in helping find long-term solutions for people struggling with financial difficulties by dealing with the underlying debts that are often the root cause of housing problems. Spread across Scotland, they will be seeking solutions that prevent homelessness and try to put in place sustainable debt solutions."

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Tags: Scotland, debt, homelsss, SLAB

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