A new survey commissioned by the national charity Turn2us has found that, despite a recovering economy, 86% of low income households across Scotland have seen no sign of their financial situation improving. Crucially, households that have experienced just one change in their circumstances are now twice as likely to be struggling financially.
The survey, released to coincide with Turn2us’ annual Benefits Awareness Month, examines the severe financial struggles of households that experienced the onset of illness or disability, a change in their working hours, childbirth or family breakdown in the last year.
In response to these ongoing problems, Turn2us’ Benefits Awareness Month is focusing on the huge numbers of households still struggling to make ends meet. From 15 April – 15 May Turn2us is encouraging everyone to check what financial support could be available by using Turn2us’ free, online Benefits Calculator at www.BenefitsAwareness.org.uk. The website also features information on what support is available depending on how a household’s circumstance change.
Alison Taylor, Director of Operations at Turn2us, said: “Today, Turn2us launches Benefits Awareness Month. Many low-income households are already struggling to afford basic goods – just one change in their situation is enough to push them into real financial hardship. That change could be an unexpected bill, becoming ill, bereaved or losing your job. Support is often available through the benefits system but many people are just not aware of the benefits they are entitled to. Through this campaign we aim to highlight the support available, so people are not left struggling without help, at a time they need it most.”
Turn2us is working in partnership with other charities and organisations across the UK for Benefits Awareness Month. For more information about the campaign, please visit the Turn2Us website
For further information, please contact Emma Lamberton by email: Emma.Lamberton@turn2us.org.uk or tel: 0208 834 9259.