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NORTH Lancashire Citizen’s Advice Bureau has launched a pilot scheme in which advisers will be based in local GP practices for six hours per week.

GPs will be able to refer patients or they can ask the receptionist for an appointment. A similar scheme in Derbyshire has resulted in more than £2m of extra benefit being claimed since 1995.

The CAB says the project will save the NHS money by tackling debt issues, one of the largest causes of anxiety and costly prescribing of anti-depression medication.

The surgeries involved in the pilot project, which will last for three months, are Ash Tree Surgery in Carnforth and Westgate Medical Practice in Morecambe.

NLCAB services manager Rachel Barlow said: “We are looking forward to working with them.”