The Working4U Financial Inclusion Benefits and Debt Team’s activities are focused on information and advice to residents from across West Dunbartonshire.

Working4U seeks to address the underlying causes of poverty, as well as the symptoms, by specifically tackling unemployment, providing opportunities to increase levels of education, skills, confidence and personal development as well support to claim in and out of work benefits and manage debt.

The Financial Inclusion team provide access to debt counselling, income maximisation support, money advice and welfare benefit advice services.

Key Progress Indicators

As well as the difficulties of delivering services in the face of covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions, advisors had to adjust their working practices to include working from home.  As such, the service has continued service delivery by using a more diverse range of contact methods.  Despites the challenges the team has continued to deliver good results. 

4698 local people receiving support, 8140 number of cases supported, £7228787 value of income generated, £2494835 of new debt managed

Here are a few of our other key progress indicators for the period 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022:

Progress Indicators
Progress Indicator 2021-22 Achieved
Number of Local People supported, with a disability or health issues 3,106
Percentage of local people with increased or sustained income through reduced debt liability/debt management 90% 
Success Rate - All Claims 89%
Number of Mandatory Reconsideration Before Appeal Representations  117
Success rate - Mandatory Reconsideration Before Appeal cases 75%
Number of Appeal Representations  35
Success Rate - Appeal Cases  87%
Number of local people assisted in relation to Energy Issues  554

Customer Satisfaction

We want to use feedback from those who use our services.  We will use the information in our 2021-22 Customer Satisfaction report to shape provision going forward.  

If you have used our Money service, please take a few minutes to tell us what you think by completing our satisfaction survey. this will help us identify where we are delivering services well or where we need to make improvements.