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Struggling Scots not claiming benefits

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Charity finds half of Scots entitled to working tax credits may be missing out

Two thirds of low-income workers in Scotland feel worse off than they did last year according to a national charity.

Falling wages, shorter working hours and rising living costs mean four in 10 households with an income less than £25,000 say their outgoings now outweigh their earnings.

It’s clear that more needs to be done to combat poverty, especially for those people in work

The survey by charity Turn2us also found that over half of Scottish households were not claiming the benefits and working tax credits they may be entitled to.

The survey, released to coincide with the charity’s annual benefits awareness month, found the average low-income household is forced to spend almost half of their monthly income on utility bills and food.

In response the charity has launched the Be Aware campaign which helps people to check what financial support could be available through the charity's online benefits calculator.

Alison Taylor, director of Turn2us said: “Our research shows that the stranglehold on pay, underemployment and the climbing cost of living all show no signs of easing and any economic improvements are failing to reach the UK’s poorest people.

"It’s clear that more needs to be done to combat poverty, especially for those people in work.

“Our message is clear. Being in work does not mean the end of help. We want everyone to know they are not alone and to be aware of the support that is available.”

The website also features information on support for different employment groups, so that people can access further help, whether they are employed full-time or part-time, self-employed, on zero contracts, or on leave.