Where to get debt and money advice
From 1 August 2023 you can get early legal advice if you are at risk of losing your home because of a debt problem.
This advice is free no matter what your income is.
Search for a local adviser on gov.uk. Tick 'Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service'.
A debt adviser can help:
prioritise your debts
look at your income and spending
draw up a budget or financial statement
negotiate with landlords, lenders and companies you owe money to
Get free debt advice
These charities all give free advice:
Citizens Advice - 0800 240 4420
National Debtline - 0808 808 4000
StepChange Debt Charity - 0800 138 1111
Debt Advice Foundation - 0800 043 40 50
They have good information, self help tools, online chat and phone services.
Be wary of debt companies that charge fees
You may see Google ads from companies that say they give free debt advice. But most charge money for debt management plans or other debt solutions.
Scroll past these ads and get genuinely free advice from a debt advice charity instead.
The charities on this page can talk to you about breathing space, debt management plans, debt relief orders, individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs) and bankruptcy.
Get free legal advice if your home is at risk
You could get free legal help if you have a low income.
Call Civil Legal Advice on 0345 345 4 345
An adviser could make you an appointment with a local solicitor.
Need help with benefits?
A debt adviser can help if you have deductions from your benefits because of debts.
A benefits adviser can:
check your benefit entitlement
help you to claim universal credit and other benefits
challenge decisions and deal with disputes and delays
Last updated: 15 August 2023