Get a financial health check
The Scottish Government is urging low-income families in Perth and Kinross to kick-start 2019 by finding out how they can maximise their income and reduce costs.
The Financial Health Check is a one-stop personalised service on money matters offering free, impartial advice and support with around half a million cases of people not claiming all the support they are entitled to.
One call to the free helpline is all it takes for families to find out what they are entitled to.
Low-income families in Perth and Kinross could benefit from the service which is being delivered by the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.
Hundreds have already been offered free financial advice since the Financial Health Check was launched in November.
People can access it by calling the free helpline on 0800 085 7145 and get the financial support they need and are entitled to.
Aileen Campbell, cabinet secretary for communities and local government, said:“The Financial Health Check is an invaluable source of support for families on a low income and friendly, experienced advisors are on hand to walk through all options.
“Too many people are not accessing everything they could be, and we want to ensure the right support is there to help people make the most of their financial situation.
“The service will cover issues such as access to free school meals, benefit uptake, council tax reduction and cheaper deals on energy and other utilities to reduce household costs.
“If you’re a parent struggling to make ends meet, you’re not alone.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re in work or out, one call to the free phoneline is all it takes to get some advice that could make a real difference.
“We would therefore urge people to pick up the phone for a free financial health check today”.
Derek Mitchell, CEO of Citizens Advice Scotland, said:“We know from research large numbers of families in Perth and Kinross are still not claiming support they are entitled to.
“Through this service, and all the core work of the Citizens Advice network in Scotland, CAB teams are here to help alleviate financial worries, so people can access their basic rights to food and a warm home for their families.”
The Financial Health Check is free, offering impartial advice and support and it’s available to everyone.
Advisors can let enquirers know exactly what they are entitled to, as well as giving a personalised service to help them save money and get the best deals.
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