SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, has pledged her support for Money Advice Scotland and the development of free, impartial and confidential money advice and financial inclusion.

Money Advice Scotland is a registered charity and in addition to training money advisers and delivering financial education, the organisation has launched a new Helpline offering access to free, impartial money advice services across Scotland.

The new helpline was launched on 1st October 2017 and members of the public can call the helpline between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday on 0800 731 4722.

76 MSPs signed the pledge supporting Money Advice Scotland at an exhibition sponsored by the Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, in the Scottish Parliament, last week.

Commenting, Ruth said:

“I am delighted to support Money Advice Scotland in its work to promote financial health and wellbeing for the people of Scotland.

Total household debt has increased to its highest level since November 2008 as rising prices for essentials and falling real incomes threaten to stretch household budgets to breaking point.

The Money Advice Scotland Helpline is a vital resource for people living in Cunninghame South and across Scotland and I would encourage anyone facing financial difficulties to get in touch with the team at Money Advice Scotland.”

If you have debt or money worries, please contact Money Advice Scotland Helpline on 0800 731 4722.”

Yvonne MacDermid, Chief Executive of Money Advice Scotland, said:

“I am honoured to have had the opportunity to exhibit our work at the Scottish Parliament. We are grateful to each and every Member of the Scottish Parliament who pledged their support in promoting the development of free, impartial and confidential money advice and financial inclusion, and in particular to the Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP for sponsoring this event.

With personal debt climbing to levels not witnessed since the financial crisis, it is crucial that people have somewhere to access help both in times of need, but also at an early stage to help guard against problems in the longer run.

The Money Advice Scotland Helpline is the first point of contact for people with worries about money or debt and we urge anyone looking for help to contact the helpline, as we strive to continue to be the driving force towards financial wellbeing for the people of Scotland.”