LOW-INCOME families across the Wee County can attend a roadshow in Alloa this week to receive free financial advice.

Families with modest incomes who seek the advice from the Money Talk Team are said to be an average of £1,850 better off.

The new national roadshow, which will visit ASDA on Saturday September 14 to help local parents struggling to pay their bills, will look at ways to save money, reduce household bills and check they are getting what they are entitled to.

The roadshow is inviting people to come and have a chat with the team who will offer lots of useful information about how they can use and benefit from the service which offers one-stop, personalised advice on money matters either over the phone or face to face.

With around 450,000 cases of unclaimed benefits in Scotland, the service can help low-income families in Alloa identify what financial support might be available to them.

Communities secretary Aileen Campbell said: “The Money Talk Team is making a huge difference to the thousands of families that have already taken advantage of this free service.

“If you’re a parent in Alloa struggling to pay the bills at the end of the month, you’re not alone. It doesn’t matter if you’re in or out of work, a visit to the roadshow can tell you how to get advice from the free helpline that could be a massive help to your household.

“When calling the Money Talk Team, the friendly, experienced advisers talk callers through the options available, letting them know exactly what they are entitled to and helping them save money.”

Money Talk Team is the new name for Financial Health Check, which started in 2018 and is delivered by Citizens Advice network in Scotland. It can be accessed through their free helpline on 0800 085 7145 or by visiting a local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Citizens Advice Scotland chief executive, Derek Mitchell, said: “With a footprint in every community across Scotland and 80 years of experience of delivering confidential and impartial advice, the Citizens Advice network in Scotland is uniquely placed to deliver the Money Talk Team service.

“People should be claiming what they are due. That’s how the system works; we all pay in and get support when we need it.”