LOW-income families have been urged to seek free financial advice.

A ‘financial health check’ service was launched in November, offering impartial advice to help people maximise their income and reduce costs.

However, there are concerns that many people are not claiming all the support they are entitled to.

The scheme, backed by £3.3million of Scottish Government funding, is being delivered by the Citizens Advice Network.

People are currently able to access the service by calling a free helpline, with a face-to-face version also to be implemented.

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Aileen Campbell 

Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, said the check can help people with a range of financial issues.

“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,” said Ms Campbell.

“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 can be reached by calling 0800 085 7145.