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Citizens Advice Scotland Offer Support Ahead of Difficult Autumn

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Categories: Charities and Third-Sector, Constituency, Inequality, , UK Government (Westminster)

Stirling Politicians Back ‘Our Advice Adds Up’ Campaign

Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP have offered their support to a new campaign from Citizens Advice Scotland, titled ‘Our Advice Adds Up’.

Communities across Scotland face a perfect storm in coming weeks, with prices rising in shops, the furlough scheme coming to an end, the £20 cut per week to Universal Credit, and increases to energy bills. Recent analysis from Citizens Advice Scotland suggests almost 1.4 million people across Scotland ran out of money before pay day at least once last year.

The financial resilience of households in Stirling will be under significant strain over the coming weeks and months – but help is available.

Last year, the Citizens Advice network unlocked £147 million for people, ensuring residents all over Scotland could access the financial help and social security to which they were entitled to.

The Stirling District Citizens Advice Bureau stands ready to assist people in need, and Mr Smith and Ms Tweed work closely with the team there to ensure support gets to where it is needed the most.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘The local Citizens Advice team really are excellent, they continue to impress with their hard work and dedication to anyone in the Stirling area who finds themselves in need of support. 

‘A perfect storm could be on the way, and anyone who needs help should be aware of the support that’s available to them. My office stands ready to assist too, and I’ll be working with fellow politicians in Scotland and in Westminster to fight for the policy changes we really need to see to head off a disaster.’

Evelyn Tweed MSP said:

‘Citizens Advice Scotland are an invaluable service to households all over Stirling, and in the past helped numerous people unlock the financial support they were entitled to. My office works closely with the service alongside Alyn Smith MP, and anyone in Stirling who finds themselves in difficulty in the coming months should not hesitate to get in touch for support. 

‘We all work to serve the public and the people of Stirling, and whilst we of course hope our services won’t be required – we stand ready to assist. This coming autumn and winter period may be quite difficult for households, so it remains important we work collectively to look after one another.’

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Information on the campaign can be found here: https://www.cas.org.uk/our-advice-adds-up