A GLASGOW law centre has admitted to seeing a record-high demand for its support services in recent months.

Castlemilk Law and Money Advice Centre, which has helped more than 400 Glaswegians in the last three months, is now seeing a major increase in demand as everyday living costs continue to soar.

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Angus McIntosh, senior principal solicitor at Castlemilk Law and Money Advice Centre, said: "At the moment we have a team of six trying to get through as many cases as possible and help people who may be struggling for a whole range of reasons. But naturally, there is only so much we can do at one time, and we’re keen to get other avenues and networks established to reach even more people in the community.

"Even with the recent increase to universal credit and other payments, there are still many people struggling to make ends meet. Some of the people we see have no income at all. With that, comes a range of other issues and complexities with things like being able to pay rent, or keep on top of bills and we need to continue to support people throughout these tough times."

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With the centre now near its maximum capacity for new cases, the organisation has plans to develop a range of online and social media-based services in a bid to reach even more people.

The new digital community aims to be introduced within the next two years and hopes to free up resources for more complex cases.

The initiative is being supported with £30,000 in funding from the Glasgow Community Anchors’ Fund – a partnership between the HFD Charitable Foundation and Virgin Money Foundation.

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Lauren McKenzie, ambassador for the HFD Charitable Foundation, said: "Having access to free, impartial legal advice is an incredibly valuable resource, especially for people struggling with the increased cost of living.

"Through the Community Anchors’ Fund, our mission is to support good causes across Glasgow and the surrounding areas that are making a huge difference to local communities."

While Nancy Doyle-Hall, executive director at the Virgin Money Foundation, added: "We know that when times are tough and people are struggling to make ends meet, services such as those provided by Castlemilk Law and Money Advice Centre are vital.

"We want to see communities thrive and the key to this is people being able to move out of crisis and build financial resilience. We are delighted to be able to fund this important work through the Glasgow Community Anchors’ Fund."

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