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Free “Financial Health Check” helpline launched

Families across the Forth Valley are being urged to start 2019 by finding out what support they may be entitled to.

The Scottish Government are funding a free Financial Health Check helpline, which will offer support and advice to those on low incomes.

It’s believed there are up to half a million people in Scotland not claiming assistance they’re eligible for.

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 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 Stirling 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, given the extra financial pressures it can bring for families. 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.”

People can phone the helpline by dialling 0800 085 7145.

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