The Scottish CAB network is providing free, unbiased financial advice on behalf of the Money Advice Service.
Today, Scottish Public Health Minister Michael Matheson MSP is visiting West Lothian CAB in Livingston, to see an example of how the Money Advice Service is developing and delivering help to people in local communities across Scotland.
The Money Advice Service is a UK-wide organisation which offers free practical help for millions of people who need impartial money advice, whatever their financial circumstances.
On the visit today, Michael Matheson MSP said,
“This service will help Scots develop the skills to manage their money better. Having control over our finances gives individuals more confidence to deal with daily life, face any financial surprises and plan to achieve our goals.
“The Scottish Government is prioritising financial capability now in order to have an impact in the long term and reduce the damage done to individuals and communities by unsustainable debt.”
Lucy McTernan, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland, is also attending the Minister’s visit. She said,
“Many people are struggling to make ends meet because the cost of living is going up, while incomes are falling and this is squeezing many households finances. The scale of this crisis is so great now that people need the best possible financial help and support – free and independent. That’s what the Money Advice Service is all about.
“The CAB network already has huge experience in helping people with financial problems, and I am pleased that our advisers are now offering expert help through the Money Advice Service. I’m sure the Minister will be pleased to see the great collaborative work undertaken in Scotland by Citizens Advice Scotland and the Money Advice Service.”
Karen McGhee Manager of West Lothian CAB said,
“West Lothian CAB is delighted to host the Minister today and to be one of the CABs who are delivering the Money Advice Service in Scotland. Like all CAB services, the advice is free, confidential and completely impartial. Our Money Advisors can help anyone manage their finances – from everyday budgeting to planning for the future.
“West Lothian CAB has a long history of understanding and offering help to those who are struggling with their finances. We believe our Money Advisers can make a positive difference and impact on a variety of money issues in the local community. We can make money work for all in West Lothian.”
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The Money Advice Service is an independent organisation set up by government and funded by a levy on the financial services industry through the Financial Services Authority.
To access the Service in West Lothian, residents can attend the CAB offices or phone 0808 800 0118 to make an appointment with a local Money Adviser. Nationwide, the Service is also available online at www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk and via the phone on: 0300 500 5000.