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MP Richard Thomson urges constituents to check their social security entitlements as cost of living crisis continues to spiral

By Kirsty Brown

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Local MP Richard Thomson is encouraging constituents across Gordon area to check their social security entitlements, following the spiralling cost of living crisis.

The Scottish Government is now delivering 12 benefits through Social Security Scotland, the Scottish Welfare Fund, local authorities and the Council Tax Reduction Scheme - all aimed at reducing inequality and helping those struggling during these difficult times.

Constituents in need of support can apply online, by post or through a local face-to-face appointment.

More information can be found about UK benefits at: www.gov.uk/browse/benefits.

Those wishing to discuss their situation or case can call Social Security Scotland on 0800 182 2222.

Further information on how to contact Social Security Scotland can be found at: www.mygov.scot/contact-social-security-scotland.

Wider advice can be sought from Money Support Scotland and the Money Talk Team.

Commenting, MP Richard Thomson said: “These are strained economic times, and households all across Gordon are battling soaring inflation, rising energy bills and increasing food costs.

"I strongly urge anyone concerned about their financial situation to reach out to Social Security Scotland, Citizens Advice Scotland or my office, where you can be directed to find assistance.

“The UK Government has given us 12 years of benefit cuts and sanctions, as well as grinding austerity and public sector cutbacks, and has left communities ill-prepared for economic stress and downturn.

"Social security has always been about helping people in their time of need, the ultimate expression of a society which cares about its members.

"Instead, the Conservative Government – and indeed the contenders to be our next Prime Minister - choose to weaponise the whole enterprise, and reduce vulnerable people to financial ruin.

"I’m proud to see us take a different approach in Scotland.”

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