This Challenge Poverty Week (5 to 11 October), Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart is encouraging anyone who is worried about their income and the cost of living to seek help as soon as they can.
Challenge Poverty Week aims to build awareness and support for solutions to poverty, change the conversation around poverty and help end the stigma of living on a low income.
Ms Wishart said:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has put into sharp focus the systemic issues that must be addressed if we are to make sure no-one is trapped living in poverty. We need ambitious solutions like a Universal Basic Income, so people have an income they can rely on.
“I would encourage anyone who is struggling at the moment to seek help and advice as soon as they can. At a recent meeting with Shetland Citizens Advice Bureau and the Money Advice Service it was highlighted that, while it’s not easy, the sooner you can reach out, the more options will be available for you to consider. The local Citizens Advice Bureau advisers can provide free confidential advice and support on a range of issues.”