Debt Awareness Week
Money worries and mounting debt can leave you feeling isolated, unsure of where to turn and with no idea how to stop the downward spiral.
This year, Covid has meant additional challenges for some families and an increased number of people may be living with the practical and emotional pressures that come with debt.
Taking the bull by the horns and tackling debt can be incredibly daunting. With small issues quickly mounting into much bigger ones, it can feel impossible to know where to start and many of us still find it difficult, or embarrassing, to talk to others about our money problems.
But that’s exactly what we should do.
During this ‘Debt Awareness Week’, debt charity Step Change are encouraging people to act early on problem debt. Small steps to seek out help and support – from friends and family, or from support organisations - can have a huge impact on how you feel about your money problems and set you on the path to regaining control of your finances.
Step Change, and other organisations, can give you practical solutions to tackling your debt and facing money problems; from help to putting in place a debt repayment plan, to advice on benefits or other financial support you might be entitled to that you are not currently claiming.
Below we have listed some organisations that you might find helpful if you have money worries or are in debt. If you are worried about being able to pay your rent, please do contact us as soon as possible so that we can help to prevent you from getting into rent arrears.
www.stepchange.org - Free, confidential and expert debt advice and money guidance
www.turn2us.org.uk - Information and financial support to get people back on track
www.moneysavingexpert.com - Online community and forums for money saving tips and advice
www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk - Free and impartial money advice, set up by Government
www.citizensadvice.org.uk - Free, confidential information and advice
www.mind.org.uk/information-support - Mental health advice and support.