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Tackling Poverty in Scotland

At East Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice Bureau in west-central Scotland, we are here to help. If you live or work in the East Dunbartonshire area, we can give you personalised advice on money, debt, budgeting, financial issues and more. Please contact us herechat online or call us on 0141 775 3220. If you reside outside of East Dunbartonshire, please contact your own local Citizens Advice Bureau for assistance. Find them here.

Let’s make poverty history

It has been reported that around a million people in Scotland live in poverty, which has a devastating effect on their lives and mental health. In fact, studies have shown that children born into poverty are more likely to experience a wide range of health problems. This includes poor nutrition, chronic disease and mental health problems. The causes of poverty can be incredibly complex. That’s why we have a range of services to help people with money and advice in Scotland.

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Money advice Scotland

If you require debt advice in Scotland, we can help support you along the way. Poverty can often have a detrimental impact when it comes to not just physical health but also mental health. Therefore, our ultimate goal is to make poverty history in Scotland.

Make poverty history

By helping you to manage your finances, we hope to help eradicate the vicious cycle of poverty. Struggling on low income shouldn’t have to be the norm. Money worries can cause anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems among those living in poverty in Scotland. We believe that housing, money and food security should be basic needs for anyone. And we can help guide you on the right path with your finances and employment support.

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There is definitely a need for money advice in Scotland. And we can put you in touch with the correct organisations, and help you to access services.

Every year we assist clients with benefits issues, including representation, form completion or mediating on a client’s behalf to secure either benefits or tax credit payments. A large proportion of our inquiries are debt related. So the advice we can offer includes token repayments, reduced payment proposals, debt arrangement schemes and sequestration.

Money Talk Team

If you’re looking to boost your finances and get debt help in Scotland, we have a Money Talk Team that you can speak to for free. If you are struggling to get by, then we can help you make a plan for dealing with debt and working out what to deal with first.

Use our online tools to maximise your income and learn where you are losing money unnecessarily. Start here with our income maximisation survey:

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We have put together some tips for managing your money and how to survive the cost of living crisis. By delivering financial help to our customers in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland, we can work together to make poverty history.

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Employment help

We offer help and advice on all aspects of employment, regardless of whether you are employed or self-employed. Even if you are looking to start your own business or need pension guidance. We can help with things like:

  • Employee rights
  • Salaries and wages
  • Income tax and national insurance
  • Flexible working
  • Redundancy
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Self-employment

We can help get you on the right track with developing your skills and adult learning. And take a look at our tips for writing a good CV. There may also be grants and benefits that you are entitled to that we can help with.

Employment help

Housing help

Having a roof over your head and feeling secure is a basic need. In 2022, nearly 75,000 homeowners were in arrears with their mortgage and 1 in 3 people were having difficulty paying their rent. Life can be stressful, and no one needs the extra worry of losing your home.

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Here at East Dunbartonshire Citizen’s Advice, we offer a free housing advice service and can help with housing options, rent/mortgage arrears, home repairs, social housing and much more. We can talk to landlords on your behalf, and help with housing applications and discretionary housing payments.

Health and wellbeing

For anyone needing well-being advice, we offer a free, confidential service. Whether you need help or support with NHS healthcare, dental treatment, social care services, or mental health care, our advisors can offer guidance and help you get the support you need.

Getting medical help

With money worries being one of the contributors to mental health issues, the current cost of living crisis has seen an uptick in people suffering from anxiety, depression and stress. All residents in East Dunbartonshire are eligible to access our healthcare service for guidance on where to get support.

East Dunbartonshire CAB is here to help

We want to make poverty, and all the issues that go hand in hand with it, history. If you need any specific advice on money, debt, budgeting and financial issues, your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help. Residents of East Dunbartonshire can contact us here or call us on 0141 775 3220. You can find your local CAB here if you live outside of East Dunbartonshire.

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