‘Financial health check’ available
Low-income families in Scotland have been urged to seek free financial advice, with around half a million cases of people not claiming all the support they are entitled to.
A “financial health check” service was launched in November, offering impartial advice to help people maximise their income and reduce costs.
The scheme, backed by £3.3 million of Scottish Government funding, is being delivered by the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland.
People are currently able to access the service by calling a free helpline, with a face-to-face version to be implemented.
Aileen Campbell, Communities Secretary, said: “The financial health check is an invaluable source of support for families on a low income and friendly, experienced advisers are on hand to walk through all options.
“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.”
Derek Mitchell, CEO of Citizens Advice Scotland, said: “We know from research large numbers of Scots are still not claiming support they are entitled to.
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to reach those people who need support the most, particularly at this time of year.”