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
Tel: 0904 169 0075
Tel: 0207 713 7583
The Financial Ombudsman Service
Tel: 0845 0801800
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
Tel: 0800 99 1234
Working Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit
Tel: 0845 300 3900
CREDIT REFERENCE AGENCIES
Consumer Services Team,19 – 20 Park Row ,Leeds LS1 5JF.
Tel: 0870 0601414
PO Box 3001,Glasgow, G81 2DT.
Tel: 0870 0100583
Consumer Help Service,PO Box 8000, Nottingham, NG1 5GX.
Tel: 0870 2416212
Child Support Action Group
Tel: 01908 665 646
Christians Against Poverty
Te: 0800 328 0006
Cruse Bereavement Care
Advice and support for bereaved families
Tel: 0870 167 167
Tel: 020 7644 5070
National Drugs HelplineTel: 0800 77 66 00
Tel: 0870 050 8880
Money Advice Scotland
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
Tel: 116 123
Free housing advice helpline
Tel: 0808 800 4444
Step Change Debt Charity
Report a loan shark in confidence.
Tel: 0300 555 2222
Text: ‘loan (space) shark (space) + your message’ to 60003
Turn 2 Us – Grants
Tel: 0845 30 30 900
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.