Financial help and support for therapists and clients

If you are a therapist looking for financial help and support for either yourself or your clients then you might be able to find what you are looking for here. Below is a list of organisations who offer financial help and support, details for credit reference agencies, various helplines and a link to a very comprehensive guide about Universal Credit. Please do share with anyone who may find it useful. Thank you.

Financial help and support

British Bankers’ Association

Pinners Hall, 105 – 108 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1EX

Tel: 0207 216 8800

www.bba.org.uk

Child Benefit

Tel: 0904 169 0075

www.hmrc.gov.uk/childbenefit/

Employment Rights

Tel: 0207 713 7583

The Financial Ombudsman Service

Tel: 0845 0801800

www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk

Money Advice Service

Unbiased money advice to help everyone manage their money better. Take the Money Advice Service Health Check. It takes just 5-10 minutes, doesn’t involve any paperwork and your answers are confidential.

Tel: 0300 500 5000

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

Pension Credit

Tel: 0800 99 1234

http://www.direct.gov.uk/

TaxAid

www.taxaid.org.uk

Working Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit

Tel: 0845 300 3900

CREDIT REFERENCE AGENCIES

Callcredit

Consumer Services Team,19 – 20 Park Row ,Leeds LS1 5JF.

Tel: 0870 0601414

www.callcredit.co.uk

Equifax

PO Box 3001,Glasgow, G81 2DT.

Tel: 0870 0100583

www.equifax.co.uk

Experian

Consumer Help Service,PO Box 8000, Nottingham, NG1 5GX.

Tel: 0870 2416212

www.experian.co.uk

HELP LINES

Child Support Action Group

Tel: 01908 665 646

Christians Against Poverty

Te: 0800 328 0006

https://capuk.org/

Cruse Bereavement Care

Advice and support for bereaved families

Tel: 0870 167 167

7www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Debtors anonymous

Tel: 020 7644 5070

www.debtorsanonymous.org.uk

FRANK

National Drugs HelplineTel: 0800 77 66 00

www.talktofrank.com

Gamblers Anonymous

Tel: 0870 050 8880

www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk

Money Advice Scotland

https://www.moneyadvicescotland.org.uk/

PayPlan

The UK’s leading free debt advice and debt management service.

Freephone (including all mobiles) 0800 280 2816

Mon to Fri 8am–8pm Sat 9am–3pm

https://www.payplan.com/

Samaritans

Tel: 116 123

www.samaritans.org.uk

Shelter

Free housing advice helpline

Tel: 0808 800 4444

www.shelter.org.uk

Step Change Debt Charity

https://www.stepchange.org/

Stoploansharks

Report a loan shark in confidence.

Tel: 0300 555 2222

Text: ‘loan (space) shark (space) + your message’ to 60003

www.stoploansharks.direct.gov.uk

Turn 2 Us – Grants

https://www.turn2us.org.uk/Get-support/Turn2us-Funds

Victim Support

Tel: 0845 30 30 900

www.victimsupport.org

UNIVERSAL CREDIT

The governments introduction of Universal Credit which aims to replace all other benefits and give claimants more responsibility is somewhat controversial. Claimants often find it a confusing and difficult process to navigate, a system which leaves people out of pocket for long periods of time, sometimes plunging them in poverty.

The people at UC:us have put together a comprehensive guide ‘Universal Credit:
A guide by claimants, for claimants’
, to help all claimants to understand the process and have the best chance of success. It really is an amazing resource and will give you all the help you need. You can find it by clicking on the link here.

Obviously some of these organisations such as Samaritans don’t offer debt/money advice. However, they will listen to people struggling with these problems. Also, many problems that some people experience such as drug and alcohol dependency and suicidal thoughts are closely relates to money issues/poverty, and so it’s helpful to have those numbers to hand too.