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S5W-21776: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what additional resource is being provided to encourage eligible citizens to claim pensioner credit, in light of reports that at least one third of those eligible are not in receipt of their entitlement.

Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 5 March 2019

The Scottish Government launched a new Financial Health Check in November 2018 backed by £3.3 million investment over two years. The service is delivered through the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland and offers personalised advice on 17 different elements to increase household incomes, reduce costs and tackle the ‘poverty premium’, where low income households pay more for basic goods and services. Ensuring that clients are in receipt of all the benefits they are entitled to is a key component of this Service.

In the first three months of delivery, the Service supported 1,740 clients and financial gain of over £1 million has been recorded for 366 clients. This means that, on average, each client is better off by £2,700.