Local advice providers in Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton are currently facing a ‘triple whammy’ of decreasing resources, increasing numbers of clients, and an increase in the amount of time spent with each client.

In 2013, Action Hampshire was commissioned by the Bill Sargent Trust to carry out some research into the impact of public spending and welfare benefit changes on local advice services in
Hampshire (including Portsmouth and Southampton).

The research asked:

  • What are the current and anticipated challenges advice services are facing?
  • How are advice services managing to cope with the new reality?
  • How will the spending reductions impact upon people in need of advice, particularly the most vulnerable in our society?

The summary and full reports can be downloaded below