Money advice group helps Falkirk households to be £1000 better off during pandemic

An advice team has helped dozens of Falkirk households to be better off by an average of £625 since the start of the pandemic.

By Allan Crow
Friday, 8th January 2021, 5:10 pm

The Money Talk team has helped them to maximise their incomes, helped them get full benefits, and offered tips to cut their bills.

The free, confidential, personalised service is delivered by the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland and funded by the Scottish Government.

Since the start of the pandemic in March, the Money Talk team has supported 117 households in Falkirk, with a total financial gain of £83,702.

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That’s an average of £625 per household.

Launching a campaign to raise awareness of the Money Talk team, Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, said: “We know that there are many families across Scotland who are facing and have experienced unexpected financial difficulties as a result of COVID-19.

“The Money Talk Team has already provided so much support to households across the country and we know there’s more who can benefit from it to make their money go further.

“We want families to know that they are not in this alone and that the Money Talk Team can help them determine what they are entitled to in these unprecedented times.”

Derek Mitchell, Citizens Advice Scotland chief executive said: “We know the pandemic has had a difficult impact on family budgets and our message to people is that help is there, and they should claim what they are due.”

"That’s what our welfare state is for - everybody pays in and gets the support they need.”

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