A NEW service which makes it easier for people to access a range of social security support has opened in East Renfrewshire.

Client advisors working for the innovative face-to-face local delivery service will promote take-up for all of Social Security Scotland’s benefits and guide people through the application process.

The new public service has 100 staff across all 32 of Scotland’s local authority areas and will be recruiting 150 more this year.

Speaking during a visit to Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire in Barrhead, where the local service is based, Social Security Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “This is another step forward in growing our new social security service in communities across Scotland and shows how we are doing things differently, based on our principles of dignity, fairness and respect.

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“The introduction of this direct application support in local communities is a first for access to social security in Scotland.

“It gives people the option to apply in the way that is right for them – be it by post, phone, online or face-to-face.”

Ms Somerville said she was delighted to visit Barrhead, adding: “It is great to see how we will be located side by side with other vital community services.

“This makes it easier for people to access a range of support in a single place and right in the heart of their community.

“It is also great to meet some of our new recruits who will be working from here.

“What they do will be one of the real differentiating factors between our social security offer and what people may have experienced before.”

Social Security Scotland chief executive David Wallace said: “Our locally-based client advisors will help support people across Scotland and promote take-up for all the benefits we deliver by reaching people in their local community and supporting them through the application process.

“I hope that people from all communities who share our ambition to deliver a public service they can be truly proud of take a look at the advertisements and apply for a suitable position.”

More information on vacancies and how to apply for them is available by going online at www.socialsecurity.gov.scot.