Many are finding it more of a struggle to manage financially, particularly due to the rise in the cost of living. If you are getting stressed about money and increasing debt levels then it may be time to ask for help before your situation gets worse. There is lots of help available giving tips and guidance on how to manage your money and survive these challenging times . Managing your money could include information on how to budget, help on saving for the short and long term and help managing your debts. Whether you are in work or out of work it is always a good idea to do a benefit check to see if you are eligible and entitled to claim benefit help.
- Citizens Advice
- Boots Benevolent Fund
- Money Helper
- Budgeting loans
- Credit unions
- Community Interest Companies
- Other useful information from our website
Citizens Advice is a network of independent charities offering confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free. The website provides lots of information giving an individual access to a wide range of support and advice to help manage their situation. Help with the cost of living.
StepChange are a registered debt advice charity. Services include debt management plans, money advice and budgeting. They also have up to date information on ways to cope with the rising cost of living. Coping with the rising cost of living.
For further information call the StepChange helpline on 0800 138 1111, or see the StepChange website.
Money Helper offers free and independent advice on managing your money. The website contains information on a range of topics including budgeting, saving, surviving on a low income, credit and debit cards and managing bank accounts. There are also interactive tools for budgeting. For further information, see the Money Helper website.
The Boots Benevolent Fund is a registered charity offering support to eligible current and former Boots colleagues (dispensers, technicians and pharmacists) in the UK, as well as their immediate relatives and dependants experiencing financial hardship.
Please note that locums who have worked for Boots are not eligible to apply.
Turn2us is a national charity that helps people in financial hardship gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and support services.
Turn2us benefits calculator
Turn2us have an on-line benefits calculator that can help people to find out what benefits they may be entitled to, the calculator is free, anonymous and easy to use. For further details about the benefits calculator including a check-list of the information needed to use it, see the Turn2us website.
Turn2us grants search engine
Turn2us also have a grants search tool. This is easy to use and all that is needed is a postcode, age and gender. The search engine will then bring up a full list of grants that you might be able to apply for. The search can be refined by selecting key words, such as occupation and medical conditions. For further information, see the Turn2us website.
Creating a Turn2us account
Individuals seeking help do not have to register with Turn2us in order to access information or use the on-line tools on their website. However, people who would like to make on-line enquiries to charitable funds using the Turn2us grants search will need to register for a Turn2us account. There is no charge for this service. For further information, see the Turn2us website.
In some circumstances, people facing unexpected financial hardship may have to take out a loan. Options include:-
- budgeting loans from the government
- low cost loans from a credit union
- buying essential items from a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC).
In some circumstances, people may be able to get an interest-free budgeting loan from the government social fund. This can help to meet costs such as:
- furniture or household equipment
- advance rent or removal expenses for a new home
- money to help people to start work.
For further information, including eligibility and how to apply, see the government website.
Credit unions offer a range of savings accounts that allow people to save as little or as much as they can afford. A credit union aims to pay a dividend on savings once a year to all its members. Credit union loans can have interest rates that are as low as 1% per month. Additional benefits include:-
- loans with no hidden charges and no penalties for repaying the loan early
- life insurance built in at no extra cost to the borrower, so if you were to die before you repaid the loan, insurance would repay the loan for you
- you can carry on saving whilst paying off a loan if you wish.
The Association of British Credit Unions Limited (ABCUL) has a loan calculator that can help people to decide how much money they would like to borrow and how much it is likely to cost.
To find your local credit union, see the Find Your Credit Union website.
A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a limited company created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage. For further information about CIC, see the Office of the regulator of community interest companies website.
Fair for You
Fair for you is a social enterprise company offering low cost credit to the public. People can buy household appliances directly from the manufacturer by taking a loan from Fair for You that they can then pay back in weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments. For further information see the Fair for You website.
Furniture Re-use Network (FRN)
The Furniture Re-use Network supports over 300 re-use charities helping them to save low income households money on essential goods. For further information, including how to find your local organisation, see the FRN website.
Money management advice from Pharmacist Support
Pharmacist Support can also refer you for free and confidential money management advice provided by trained Citizens Advice advisers. If you would like to be referred, contact us on our enquiry line on: 0808 168 2233, or email email@example.com
Debt Advice Foundation
Debt Advice Foundation is a registered debt advice charity offering free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about debt. For further information, call the Debt Advice Foundation helpline on 0800 779 7013, or see the Debt Advice Foundation website.
Help with debtpage
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Other useful information
The National Debtline Budgeting and saving page.
This page was last reviewed on 30 November 2022.