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New mental health service to provide financial advice

by Jonathan Kearney

A new financial advice service is to be launched for Knowsley residents engaged with mental health services.  Launching in September, the project will give access to specialist housing, debt and welfare rights advice to help break the link between mental health and financial worries.

Residents should speak with their mental health worker to be referred into the project.

The service, which will be managed by Prescot and Whiston Community Advice Centre, has been fully funded by the Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund.

The £2.5m Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund supports residents most in need through referrals, including access to financial advice and support, food and essentials and fuel.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “Financial issues can have a detrimental effect on your mental health, so it’s important residents are aware that help and support is available to them. This service will provide quick access to specialist debt, housing and welfare rights advice. I’m pleased the Council has been able to support it through the Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund.”

For support with a range of financial issues you can contact Citizens Advice Knowsley on 0300 330 9008.

You can also contact Preston and Whiston Community Advice Centre for financial advice on 0151 443 4639.