'Almost half of Scots cut back spending as cost of living worsens'

Citizens Advice Scotland has launched a new campaign to provide support.

Almost half of Scots cut back spending as cost of living crisis worsens, say Citizens Advice Scotland iStock

Scots struggling to pay household bills are being urged to seek help amid the cost of living crisis.

It comes as new statistics highlighted by Citizens Advice Scotland revealed that over two million people in Scotland are estimated to have reduced spending because of energy costs.

Analysis by the charity of YouGov polling found that 48% of those in the country have cut back as the crisis worsens.

Citizens Advice Scotland is running the Big Energy Saving Winter campaign which encourages people worried about energy bills and the cost of living to seek advice.

People can access advice in different ways, including visiting their local Citizens Advice Bureau or though online platforms.

CAS social justice spokesperson David Hilferty underline the charity’s message that support is out there for people.

“The soaring cost of living driven by energy prices is leaving people worried, anxious and increasingly having to cut back on other areas of household spending to afford the essentials,” he said.

“Our message to people in this situation is that you are not alone and support is out there.

“Our network provides free, impartial and confidential advice for everyone, regardless of background or circumstances.

“It can be understandable that some people may feel help isn’t available to the, but the CAB network is for everyone, whether you are working or not, renting or a homeowner, a pensioner or a student.

“People who saw a financial benefit after seeking advice last year were on average over £4,200 better off.

“Think of the difference that money could make to you this winter and check www.cas.org.uk/besw to get started.”