Get your­self a fi­nan­cial health check

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - DISTRICT NEWS -

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

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