Money, benefit advice and support

If you have money worries and struggling to make ends meet we are here to help.

We can help you find your way through the advice and local support available.

Help with money

If you are struggling with debt or budgeting and are finding it hard to meet your everyday living costs, these services may be able to offer you help and support.

Independent financial advice and support

•    Independent Money Advice Service website

•    National Debtline website

•    Department for Work and Pensions website

•    Citizens Advice Bureau website

•    StepChange Debt Charity website

•    Payplan website

•    Christians against poverty website

•    Shelter website

•    North Yorkshire local assistance fund

To find out what benefits you are entitled to please visit the entitledto website

If you receive Housing Benefit or housing costs via Universal Credit but still cannot manage to pay your rent, you may be entitled to Discretionary Housing Payments.

Help with benefits

We can provide help with Housing Benefit, including applications for Discretionary Housing Payments, if you are struggling to pay your rent.

Our free and confidential budgeting service can help.

We can:

  • check that you are claiming all the benefits that you are entitled to
  • help you claim Housing Benefit or a Council Tax Reduction
  • draw up a formal financial statement by looking at your income and expenditure
  • help with a household budget and ensure that you know which bills are priorities
  • assist with a plan to manage your debts better
  • advise you on court procedures and help you to reply to court documents
  • assist you with bailiffs
  • introduce you to other agencies that may be able to help you further, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and Step Change

The key thing is to try to deal with the problem quickly so please contact us for help as soon as you can.

Money Manager for Universal Credit claimants

Money Manager is designed just for people on Universal Credit. You can use it whether you are making a new claim or moving to Universal Credit from existing benefits. It will help you make the most of your money.

Find out more on the Money Manager website