A VITAL north-west Glasgow advice centre has secured “transition” cash to keep it running.

The Drumchapel Money Advice Centre (DMAC) warned last month it would face closure after 30 years after Glasgow City Council looked set to axe its funding.

DMAC, which helps residents across the north-west of the city, was one of a number of advice services alongside five Citizen Advice bureaux in the centre and east of the city in jeopardy.

Drumchapel CAB warned it would struggle to cope if it was left as one of only three bureaux for the entire city.

A petition set up to save the services across the city attracted more than 8,900 signatures in the space of six days.

More than £47million is to be handed out to 74 groups across Glasgow from the city’s Communities Fund – but 134 third-sector organisations saw their applications knocked back by officials.

Read more: Heartless thieves steal e-bike from Jim, 72, at Clydebank's shopping centre

At a meeting of the city administration committee on Thursday, councillors agreed proposals for a £4m “transitional support fund” aimed at helping groups who were set to miss out, including those in the advice sector.

DMAC told the Post last week they had more than 800 live cases involving debt, benefits and housing issues and were “horrified” at city officials recommending they get no support.

The charity brought £3.6 million back to north-west Glasgow in 2018/19 and helped with more than £1.5m in debt issues faced by residents.

They also represented residents at 143 DWP tribunals, with a 75 per cent success rate.

DMAC’s chairperson, Liz Atkinson, said: “After more than 30 years helping the most vulnerable in our communities, it is unfathomable that GCC would choose to close such a vital service, especially given the current circumstances and the repercussions this will have.”

Councillor Michael Cullen, who represents the neighbouring Garscadden/Scotstounhill ward, said: "Thank you to everyone for their amazing support over the past week.

“From petitions to protests to contacting officials and using social media, you’ve all made this happen.”