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NESS awarded funds to help maximise benefits take up

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NESS has been awarded £42,665 as part of a Scottish Government strategy to support hard to reach groups, single parents and people with particular barriers such as Deafness or sight loss to apply for Scottish social security benefits.

The successful applicants were announced at NESS yesterday by the Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville.

She said: "We believe social security is a human right and an investment in the people of Scotland. That is why everyone who is eligible to apply for benefits should have the support they need.

"This funding will be vital to support those who face barriers to access the financial support they are entitled to and increase their incomes. This includes the people with sight or hearing impairments who are supported by North East Sensory Services."

Graham Findlay, Chief Executive of North East Sensory Services, said: “The support we provide reaches more than 6,500 blind and deaf people across the North East of Scotland.

“We are delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised the particular difficulties our service users have in finding out about and applying for crucial benefits that help them to live their lives as independently as possible.

“This funding is vital to upskill our staff team with specialist knowledge so we can provide essential support to those who need help navigating the benefits system."

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