Get yourself a financial health check
A new service designed to offer people across Scotland a ‘financial health check’ launched last week in Dumfries.
The health check from Citizens Advice Bureau involves a short confidential interview with an adviser and is freely available for anyone who asks for it, or those for whom a CAB adviser believes may benefit from it.
The idea behind the service is to make people aware of additional support that they may not be aware of and will be delivered over the phone until some CAB branches offer face-to-face versions in January.
Derek Mitchell, Citizens Advice Scotland chief executive, said: “Research has shown that around half a million Scots are not claiming all the support they are entitled to.
“That means families are struggling to heat their homes or put food on the table while missing out on financial assistance that could make a crucial difference.
“This service is all about identifying those people and linking them up with the grants, benefits or support that they need.”
Sue Irving, chief executive of Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service, added: “We are delighted to be launching the service here at Dumfries.
“It will be available at CABs across Scotland in the new year but we are launching the telephone version of it here today, so anyone in Dumfries and Galloway or across the country can access it now.
“I know a lot of people are concerned about their finances in the run-up to Christmas.”
Sue is encouraging people to call 0800 085 7145 and make sure they are getting all the support they are entitled to.
New service Sue Irving, chief executive of DAGCAS