Money Map – an update from Dundee Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Dundee CAB has advised councillors of a very useful online ‘Money Map’ tool from Citizens’ Advice Scotland.

It advises :

“The tool is hosted at http://www.moneymap.scot  and brings together all the options for how people can improve their incomes and cut their living costs through areas such as housing, benefits, grants and energy bills and directs them to online sites where they can access these options. 

The strength of the tool is that it gathers in all the best online sources of help, because we know that people can get frustrated searching endlessly online for information and often end up in the wrong place.

In Dundee we’ve seen people struggle with money, often not knowing what they are entitled to, and we know the pandemic has exacerbated this problem for many people. 

Polling by YouGov shows the extent to which the pandemic has had an impact on household budgets. Almost half of people have run out of money before payday since restrictions began, and of those people 30 per cent have seen their financial situations worsen during restrictions.

While this is a digital option for people who can self-help, please also be aware that at Dundee CAB we have been providing advice throughout this crisis by telephone, email and face to face appointments in essential circumstances. 

We want to help people in Dundee through this crisis and plan to be there to help them afterwards.” 

EU Citizens Support Service

The deadline for the applying to the EU Settlement Scheme, June 2021, is slowly creeping closer. 

Estimates suggest there are still thousands of EU citizens and their families living in Scotland who have not yet applied to the scheme. 

The Citizens Advice service across Scotland wants to help EU citizens preserve their rights in the UK by making a claim.

Citizens Advice Scotland is running a dedicated EU Citizen Support helpline to assist with the application process for settled or pre-settled status – 0800 916 9847 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).

At Dundee CAB, it is also offering telephone appointments and, in emergency situations, face to face appointments. It can be contacted by calling 01382 214633 or emailing bureau@dundeecab.casonline.org.uk

Dundee Citizens Advice Bureau – Financial Health Check

The Financial Health Check service is delivered by the Citizens Advice Network in Scotland.
 
It aims to help low income families to seek financial advice to maximise their income by ensuring that they are not paying more for essential goods and services that they need to and that they are getting all the benefits, grants and exemptions to which they are entitled. 
 
Anyone can access this service by calling 0800 085 7145 to receive telephone advice or be referred for a face to face appointment :