A record amount of financial aid was given to vulnerable people in Argyll and Bute last year, according to the council.

People in need have accessed more than £4.3million of additional income through the 2022/23 financial year - the highest annual figure ever seen in the area.

The Argyll and Bute Council Welfare Rights Team is in charge of these services and hope to raise awareness of the help people could be eligible for as they acknowledge people across the UK are not claiming the benefits they are entitled to.

Council Leader Councillor Robin Currie said: “Our Welfare Rights Team does an outstanding job helping people in our communities and, on behalf of those they have given advice to, I would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication.

“There are still lots of people not claiming the financial support they are entitled to, however, and that’s not acceptable.

“I would urge you to get in touch with our team if you are unsure about whether or not you, or a family member, could be eligible for help.”

The 2022/23 figure includes £534,669 for families affected by cancer, supported by the council’s partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.

During the first two quarters of 2023/24, £2,176,034 worth of claims have already been made.

The high figures come amidst the cost-of-living crisis which has saw bills and prices soar and  has affected many people, including those who had never before experienced financial issues.

For more information on additional income, call 01546 605517 or complete the welfare rights form on the council website: Welfare Rights General Enquiry (custhelp.com).