This project continues and develops the provision of welfare rights advice in primary care and RIE and WGH.
It provides patients, carers and staff with welfare benefits support and information; debt management; representation at appeal tribunals; employability advice; and housing information, casework and representation.
It offers NHS and primary care staff training and briefings on welfare reform, financial inclusion and impact on health. Financial worries and poverty have a major impact on health and wellbeing, but this service is proven to have a beneficial impact on health and health inequalities.
Building on a previous grant from the Foundation, and ongoing funding from City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian, the project ensures that those most affected by welfare benefit changes and poor health receive an integrated welfare rights service within healthcare facilities.