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Debt Advice Services

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with Scottish Executive Ministers on the provision of debt advice in Scotland. (240224)

I held a constructive meeting with the First Minister and Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, STUC and CBS Scotland on 21 October to discuss the actions being taken by the UK Government to address these difficult economic times. We agreed at that meeting to maintain regular contact and this has continued. I also convened a meeting with representatives of Citizens Advice Scotland and Money Advice Scotland to discuss how new measures in the pre-Budget report, such as the £10 million, with £1 million consequentials for Scotland, between now and March 2010 for the Citizens' Advice Bureaux, will help the most needy in society.