The Lothian Income Maximisation Project for Families with Children with Special Needs

Project Summary:

The project will recruit a full time family advisor to work with families who have children with disabilities. The aim is to maximise income through benefit entitlements, provision of debt analysis, the production of debt management plans and to negotiate with debtors. Where preferred, home visits will be offered. The scheme aims to achieve benefit income of £100,000 per year, giving families better resources to manage their income. The cost of raising a child with disabilities is three times higher than that of bringing up other children, leaving many families facing poverty and social exclusion. Parents with children with disabilities have higher fuel bills, equalling greater levels of fuel poverty.

Expected Number of Individuals: 60

Expected Number of Households: 30

Trustees Meeting: June 2006

Funding Amount Approved: £24,585.00

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