Local Welfare Assistance Scheme offered by Mid Devon District Council

Posted on: 19 December 2016

Mid Devon District Council is now one of the few local authorities in Devon offering a Local Welfare Assistance Scheme. This vital service is delivered by Wiser£money and acts as a safety net for our community’s most vulnerable residents.

Wiser£money is a partnership between Wessex Resolutions CIC and Encompass Southwest that delivers advice and support services across Devon and Somerset.

The Local Welfare Assistance Scheme provides a variety of services to support local residents who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing crisis. The key elements of the Mid Devon scheme are:

  • Money & debt advice;
  • Income maximisation, budgeting & financial capability;
  • Food & fuel vouchers;
  • Essential furniture & electrical items;
  • Removal costs;
  • Signposting & referral.

The service is free, impartial, confidential and tailored to meet individual need.

Wiser£money has been delivering Mid Devon’s Local Welfare Assistance Scheme since 2013. During this period the scheme’s debt and money advice service delivered 588 outcomes, including:

  • £322,231 of financial gain– (increased income and debt reduction);
  • £1,209,290 of debt has been presented including £67,319 debt for Council Tax and £31,390 debt for rent.

In total the scheme has received 1,971 referrals for crisis support and has achieved 1,683 outcomes across the district.

Wiser£money promotes close partnership working; they work co-operatively with a wide variety of agencies across Mid Devon and this has been central to the scheme’s success. This approach has complemented and strengthened the services of other local agencies, bringing additionality and efficiency.  The partnership has delivered a tailored, high quality, accessible advice and support service on behalf of Mid Devon District Council and our residents.

For further information or to make a claim for Local Welfare Assistance see: https://www.middevon.gov.uk/residents/benefits/local-welfare-assistance/

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