Welfare and Benefits Advice
A range of support is available to help you manage your claim for benefits like Universal Credit.
Welfare and Benefits Advice
Glasgow Life is working with a range of partners offering free and confidential advice and support within selected libraries and some community centres. Our advice partners offer a wide range of services, now available in many of our libraries.
These partners include Glasgow City Council's Council Tax and Housing Benefit team, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Jobs and Business Glasgow and Govan Law Centre.
Support is available on a wide range of issues like benefit claims including Universal Credit, as well as searching for work and legal or consumer advice.
Find out what's available in your area
You can find out which advice services are available in your area from the downloadable document Advice Partners Calendar.
Other support from Glasgow Libraries
Glasgow Libraries also offer a wide range of support if you are looking for work, need to improve your computer skills or want to brush up on your reading, writing or numbers. if you're looking to boost your CV, Glasgow Life offers a range of volunteering opportunities.
Council Tax And Housing Benefit
Glasgow Life in partnership with Glasgow City Council is working hard to help city residents prepare for the changes to the benefit system as a result of the UK Government’s Welfare Reform Act.
The Act means a restructure of the benefits system which will bring all benefits together under Universal Credit. It also means changes to the way people apply for benefits.
The majority of benefit applications and job searches will now need to be completed online.
To get ready for the changes you can use the Universal Credit personal planner to find out if you need to do anything differently.
You can also get more information on the support available from the Council Tax and Housing Benefit team by visiting Glasgow City Council.
Citizens' Advice Bureau
The Citizens' Advice Bureau offers free, confidential, impartial and independent information and advice and can work with you to help resolve issues.
The team can help you sort out debt worries and ensure you claim all the benefits you may be entitled to. They can help with housing and employment problems and deal with queries about consumer or tax credit issues.
The team can also advise on housing matters, consumer affairs and can answer questions about immigration. They also have lots of experience of family and personal matters too.
The Citizens' Advice Bureau is an independent, non-profit making charity, led by a team of highly trained volunteers and specialist staff.
Find out more by visiting Citizens' Advice Bureau.
Jobs And Business Glasgow
Jobs and Business Glasgow provide a range of services to help you create a professional CV, find and apply for jobs and prepare for interviews. They also offer various training courses to help you prepare for work.
The team have good relations with companies across the city, allowing customers access to vacancies they wouldn’t find anywhere else.
In the last 12 months, Jobs and Business Glasgow have helped over 3,500 people to move into work and 7,500 people to access training opportunities.
Get more information on all the services offered by visiting Jobs and Business Glasgow.
Govan Law Centre
Govan Law Centre (GLC) is a free legal resource with its main office at the Orkney Street Enterprise Centre in Glasgow. GLC now offer legal and tenancy advice in selected libraries in the city.
Through the legal practice of Dailly & Co., Solicitors, GLC undertake expert advice, court and tribunal representation in Scotland. GLC is a member of Glasgow City Council's Glasgow Advice Partnership (GAP) which part funds its work across the South and East of Glasgow.
Find out more by visiting Govan Law Centre.
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Household enquiry canvass Electoral Reform
Glasgow City Council's Electoral Registration Office is currently conducting a canvass of all households in Glasgow to establish who is eligible to vote.
Every household will receive a Household Enquiry Form. This will detail all residents that are currently registered to vote at that address. You need to respond to this letter and let us know if the details of your household have changed or if they remain the same. You can provide your response online at www.register-online.co.uk, by phoning 0141 287 4444 or you can post your completed form with the pre-paid envelope provided. Details are on page 2 of the form.
Completing a canvass form no longer registers new electors in your household to vote. They also need to complete an individual registration application.
It only takes a couple of minutes to register to vote online or by phoning 0141 287 4444. You need your national insurance number to complete an application, except 14 and 15 year olds. Being registered means you can vote in elections and can help improve your credit rating.
The voting age for Scottish Elections has been permanently lowered to 16. If you will be 16 or over by 5 May 2016 you can vote in the Scottish Parliamentary election, just make sure you register to vote.
Further information is available on Glasgow City Council.
If you require further information please contact the Electoral Registration Officer:
Glasgow City Council
Electoral Registration Officer
PO Box 15311
Phone: 0141 287 4444 ( Mon- Fri 9am-5pm)