Perth and Kinross Welfare Rights Team
A source of information for parents and the wider community
Welfare Rights Team
project workers can offer:
-A manned display stand at a parents’ night or an open afternoon
-Meeting with Parent Council to offer input from the project team to the wider school at a high footfall event
-Offer to parents/carers of individual consultation at home to ascertain whether a family are “getting all they are entitled to”- with the 90% likelihood that the family will benefit financially from that consultation. Although some may already be well served, such a visit also allows the project officer to ascertain whether another offer of help, such as new bedding, might be appropriate. Individuals must also sign up to the project for funding purposes and so a home visit allows all paperwork to be completed at one time.
-Engaging with parent groups, or with older pupils, on the wider welfare rights agenda.
The service provided to parents/carers includes the following:
- Better budgeting
- Income Maximisation (including ancillary benefits)
- Educating people around priority debts
- Referrals to Adult Learning etc
- Energy referrals
- Direct payments (priority debts)
- Arrangements (priority debts)
- Financial shocks
- Home contents insurance (social sector tenants)
- Credit Union (savings & loans)
- Access to banking/CU services
- Maximising use of money
- Switching utility supplier, SKY packages, insurance etc using USwitch etc.
- Minor Ailment scheme
- Warm Home Discount
- National Entitlement Cards
- Healthy Start
- Priority Assistance Scheme
- SCARF (energy advice service)
- Removal of prepayment meters.
- Basic banking or Credit Union services
- Banking services.
- Setting up direct debits and standing orders.
- Online banking & bank text service.
- Support beyond Money Advice and Energy Advice services
- Email accounts
- Digital learning
- GP/dental registration
- Removing prepayment meters
- Referrals to Money Advice (CAB)
- Family Fund
- Strong Start
- Live Active
- CEA: Cinema discount cards
- Foodbank referrals
- Literacy classes, Adult Learning, Computing classes, financial capability.
- Ancillary benefits and Council Tax exemptions, discounts and disregards
Parents and carers can contact the team direct on 01738 476900 or WelfareRights@pkc.gov.uk.