Citizens Advice launches new campaign to tackle household debt

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The calls come as a new poll has found that large numbers of Scots have seen their financial situation deteriorate in recent years.

More than 1.8 million adults in Scotland have seen their finances deteriorate during the Covid pandemic, according to new analysis.

A poll for Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) found that 41% of Scottish adults said their financial situation had gotten worse during the pandemic, with 26% saying their situation had gotten a bit worse and 15% saying their situation had gotten much worse.

YouGov, which carried out the work, found that taking into account Scotland’s adult working-age population, this would amount to 1.82 million people across the country.

CAS financial health spokesperson Myles Fitt said: ‘The pandemic has created an extremely difficult set of financial circumstances for people and with more than 1.8million adults in Scotland seeing their finances deteriorate since March 2020.

“Restrictions may ease, but there won’t be an easing of pressure on household budgets, with skyrocketing energy bills and record inflation clashing with stable incomes. and down.”

With household budgets expected to come under strain in the coming months with rising energy bills and rising prices in stores, CAS has launched a new campaign called “Debt Happens”.

The campaign aims to make people realize that they are not the only ones dealing with debt and to get advice from across the Citizens Advice network.

Mr Fitt said: “All of this is putting more and more people at risk of getting into debt. Our message to people with this new campaign is that debt is coming, and you are not alone. There is nothing to be ashamed of and the important thing is to seek advice quickly in order to get the help and support you need.

“People can get help in many different ways through the Citizens Advice network, from local CABs to our online resources like our public advice site and the online Money Map tool.

“Some people will benefit from negotiated repayment plans that lower their monthly payments, but for many others, having more money in their pockets in the first place will help.

“Our advice is free, impartial and confidential and we encourage anyone who might benefit from it to seek it as soon as possible. Don’t let the bills and stress pile up, we’re here to help.

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