Informational Resources

Power of Attorney Leaflet – A leaflet providing information about registering for power of attorney in Midlothian.

Better Banking Leaflet – This leaflet outlines new basic bank accounts, rolled out by high street banks in early 2016. The leaflet also includes information about accessing basic bank accounts in Midlothian.

Referral Guide and Directory May 2015 – A PDF version of the information on this site. Includes contact information and details of over 30 local services that provide advice or support services for Midlothian residents who are experiencing financial hardship, including Welfare Rights and benefits advice, debt management and employability support. PLEASE NOTE: This guide is outdated and may now be inaccurate.

Crisis Guide May 15 – The final version of the MARCH project crisis guide. It provides information about where those experiencing hardship can get support, including crisis grants and other sources of money in a crisis, welfare rights advice; home energy advice and how to get a food parcel. PLEASE NOTE: This guide is outdated and may now be inaccurate.

Welfare Reform Survival Route Map – This March Project Pocket Guide provides a route map of how to survive benefit sanctions giving claimants a step by step guide to what help is available and what action they can take to challenge benefit decisions as well useful information about local resources for hardship support. PLEASE NOTE: This guide is outdated and may now be inaccurate.

Getting help with money during Pregnancy and Early Years – This March Project Pocket Guide provides information on financial help available to parents during Pregnancy and Early Years. PLEASE NOTE: This guide is outdated and may now be inaccurate.

Universal Credit Route Map – A pocket guide offering guidance on the Universal Credit claims process, as well as available support in Midlothian. Relevant for jobseeking claimants from the initial gateway rollout of Universal Credit.

Securing Online Benefit Claims – This guide helps service providers set up computing areas and support clients with online benefit claims. Relevant to Universal Credit Claims.

Community Cafe Guide – This guide lists community cafes in Midlothian,  along with some recipes. It is an updated version of a guide originally produced in 2015.

Archived Reports and Consultations

MFIN Case Study– Produced by The Improvement Service, February 2018.

Financial Inclusion Strategy 2016-2019 – Our overall Financial Inclusion strategy.

POA Final Report – A review of the Midlothian Power of Attorney Awareness Month held during November 2016.

POA Executive Summary – A summary of the Midlothian Power of Attorney Awareness Month held during November 2016.

Sanctions Research Report – Illuminating Midlothian-focused research undertaken with local organisations in 2014, examining the nature of sanctions. Includes case studies of claimant experiences.

Annual Reports and AGM Minutes

MFIN Annual Report 2016-2017

MFIN Annual Report 2015-2016

MFIN Annual Report 2014-2015

MFIN AGM – November 28th, 2017 – Sgt. Stuart Aitchison from Police Scotland gave a presentation on Financial Harm.

MFIN AGM – October 30th, 2016 – Matthew Dunn from Midlothian Council gave a presentation on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2016.

MFIN AGM – November 25th, 2015 – With a presentation from Trading Standards Scotland.

Meeting Minutes

MFIN Meeting – June 26th, 2018 – As well as the usual discussions on local matters we had presentations from David Walker on VOCAL’s Wee Break Midlothian service for carers and Tracy Connerton from Momentum on their new service for Fair Start Scotland to help local job seekers move into sustainable employment. Lynn Bertram from RBS also gave us an overview of her role as Midlothian’s community banker. David And Tracy have kindly made their presentations available to view Wee Breaks Presentation, Fair Start Presentation.

MFIN Meeting – May 14th, 2018 – With a presentation by  Jamieson Butler from Midlothian Council.

MFIN Meeting – April 3rd, 2018 – With a presentation by Our Power.

MFIN Meeting – February 20th, 2018 – Updates from The Button Box and the Midlothian Food & Health Alliance.

MFIN Meeting – November 28th, 2017 – With a presentation by Miriam Leighton of MVA on the Aspiring Communities project. Also, updates and discussion on the Midlothian Council proposed budget cuts.

MFIN Meeting – October 10th, 2017 – Discussing the Midlothian Council proposed budget cuts.

MFIN Meeting – April 12th, 2017 – With presentations by Changeworks, Castle Community Bank and The Improvement Service.

MFIN Meeting – February 22nd, 2017 – With a presentation and discussion on Midlothian Council’s Review of Advice Services and an update on Universal Credit Full Service roll-out.

MFIN Meeting – September 13th, 2016 – With a presentation on Midlothian Council’s Review of Advice Services and updates on the Power of Attorney project and Fuel Bank Pilot.

MFIN Meeting – March 3rd, 2016 – With a presentation by Castle Community Bank

MFIN Meeting – January 28th, 2016 – With presentations by Midlothian Council’s Housing Options Development Officer and Penicuik Storehouse.

MFIN Meeting – April 27th, 2015 – With presentations by Fareshare on their FoodCloud project and RNIB on their AdvicePlus service.