Get a fi­nan­cial health check

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

An in­te­grated PR and so­cial me­dia cam­paign will run through­out Jan­uary.

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