Single financial assessment for benefits would be ‘leap forward’

A single financial assessment to decide what benefits people are entitled to would be a “huge leap forward”, it has been suggested.

At Holyrood’s Social Security Committee on Thursday, MSPs heard from local authority and welfare advice representatives about the provision and funding of welfare rights services in Scotland.

It followed a report on publicly-funded advice services, commissioned by the Scottish Government and published in February last year, which showed that demand for advice is growing but that funding was limited.

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