FUNDING is in place for a new service to help low-income families and older people access personalised financial advice.

The Financial Health Check service will be backed by £3.3million from the Scottish Government over the next two years.

It aims to help people avoid the ‘poverty premium’ of paying more for essential goods and services and will be available through a free telephone number or can be accessed in person at a Citizens Advice Bureau.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “The health check will cover issues such as access to free school meals, benefit uptake, council tax reduction and cheaper deals on energy and other utilities to reduce household costs.

“I am delighted that families and older people will be able to get the personalised advice they need to save money and to receive all the support that is available.”