Free financial advice available

SOUTH Down UUP MLA John McCallister has encouraged all serving and ex-service personnel to contact the benefits and Money Advice Service.

This service is funded by the Royal British Legion and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and provided by Citizens Advice, offering advice and support to the forces and ex-forces community and their families throughout Northern Ireland.

It ensures that those who put their lives on the line for their country have the help and support they need to lessen financial distress.

Mr McCallister said, “The service provides a safe environment where Service and ex-service personnel can discuss their debt and benefits issues with dedicated staff.

“The uptake of benefits among this client group is low, with many people living in poverty although there is help available for them to significantly improve the quality of their lives.

“Here in South Down we have always had a very strong and proud connection to the forces and I would encourage everyone to avail of this service.”

The number to contact is 08452666696 or email at