Where to get debt and benefits advice
How a debt adviser can help
A debt adviser can help you to:
manage your money
prioritise your debts
deal with council tax arrears
draw up a budget or financial statement
negotiate your repayments with lenders and other creditors
Regulated debt advice
Some debt advice is regulated. For example, advice on breathing space, debt relief orders, IVAs or bankruptcy.
Shelter does not give regulated debt advice but these charities do:
They have good information, self help tools, online chat and phone services.
Be wary of debt management companies that charge for their services.
Some advertise free debt advice through online adverts but could be offering debt management plans that you pay for instead.
Legal advice if your home is at risk
You could get free legal advice and representation if you're:
on benefits or have a low income
facing eviction or repossession because of rent or mortgage arrears
Civil Legal Advice give phone advice and may refer you to a solicitor for further help.
Or contact Civil Legal Advice on 0345 345 4 345
Ask them to call you back if you can't afford the call.
How a benefits adviser can help
A benefits adviser could help you to:
deal with disputes and delays
check your benefit entitlement
You can get advice on universal credit, housing benefit, jobseekers allowance, income support, tax credits and disability benefits.
Specialist benefits advisers can help with reviews and tribunal appeals.
Free benefits advice
Advice centres, law centres and charities give free advice.
Some give general benefits advice and others offer more specialist help.
Citizens Advice: Debt, benefits and council tax advice by phone, email and online chat.
Gingerbread: Debt, benefits and other advice. A helpline for single parents.
Age UK: Benefits, debt, savings and other advice. Advice line on 0800 678 1602.
Law Centres Network: Local law centres often give specialist benefit advice.
StepChange: Free, confidential and expert debt advice and guidance.
Last updated: 22 April 2022