Help with money and debt problems
Information and help if you're struggling to manage your money or have debt problems.
Preventing money problems
Local services that can give you advice about budgeting and money management:
- MoneySmart on North Bristol Advice Centre website (for people in North Bristol. Telephone 0117 9515751)
- Talking Money (free, independent services in the south west)
- Money Advice Service (advice and guides to help improve your finances)
- Money Saving Expert (advice about getting a basic bank account)
Dealing with debt
To find details of local advice organisations which provide debt advice and help, see the ACFA website.
There are many websites offering advice to people struggling with debt, but many of these offer services that you have to pay for. Check whether the information on the websites above can help you, first.
Make an arrangement to pay your council debts (Council Tax, rent and other bills)
If you owe us money it’s best to work out an arrangement to pay. Don't leave it as it will be harder to deal with later.
Money in an emergency
Local crisis and prevention fund
You may be able to get an emergency payment and help with essential household items.
Short term benefit advances
You may be able to get an advance on your first benefit payment if you’re in urgent financial need.
Charitable trusts may be able to help with specific needs, or people who have worked in particular jobs.
Beware of loan sharks
Loan sharks are illegal moneylenders who often charge very high interest rates. You can check if a company is authorised to lend money and report loan sharks anonymously.