Local MSP shows support for I:DEAS financial inclusion service

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan recently met with Gillian Whyte, I:DEAS’ Financial Inclusion Development Officer, to discuss the operation of this new service locally.

I:DEAS stands for ‘Inverclyde Delivering Effective Advice and Support’ and provides a truly holistic service to empower people to access the financial support they require. Each participant will have an allocated Mentor who will walk hand in hand with them and will provide ranging degrees of support dependant on the individual.

The project partners a wide range of contractors including Inverclyde Council, Future Skills, Barnardos, The Wise Group, HSCP, CLD and Financial Fitness, and are funded by the European Social Fund and The Big Lottery Fund for £2.3 million.

Commenting after the meeting, Mr McMillan said:

“Financial Inclusion is important particularly at this time of rising costs and welfare reform. Many households are finding life tough and are struggling to make ends meet every week.

“I:DEAS will provide an additional service to help many people locally try and improve their quality of life and attempt to give households, and children in particular, better life chances and more opportunities within their communities.

“Inverclyde has a host of financial inclusion organisations but clearly the demand for monetary assistance and advice services is unfortunately increasing. As such, I believe it’s incumbent upon all of us to promote these type of services so more people can benefit.

“This year Inverclyde’s Trussell Trust foodbank has seen a 67% increase in people requiring their services on the same period last year, and in April 2017 records showed that 1,400 families in Inverclyde were out of work, which impacted 2,400 children. As such, this type of service is crucial to the financial wellbeing locally.”

In order to access the I:DEAS project individuals should –

  • Be living in a workless household
  • Be living in a low income household
  • Be living in a single parent household

(could also be homeless and meet one of the above)

Contact can be made by calling 01475 715299or emailing IDEASreferral@thewisegroup.co.uk

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