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Debt & food banks helplines

Use our helplines to find out more information and advice on debt and food banks.

Gov UK

Benefits home page

How benefits work

Work and financial support

Accessing food and essential supplies

School meals during Coronavirus

Attendance Allowance

Options for paying off your debts

Money Saving Expert

moneysavingexpert.com 

Coronavirus, Universal credit & Benefits

Coronavirus Finance & Bills Help

Benefit Checker

Step Change

Free Helpline: 0800 138 1111

stepchange.org 

Debt, Coronavirus and money guidance

Dedicated to providing confidential, free counselling and money management assistance to financially distressed families and individuals. No matter what your debt problem, we’ll be able to help.  New to us? Get expert debt advice. Don't forget to use our budget form to gather your information before calling.   A debt advice call takes around 40 minutes to complete.  Over the last twenty years, we’ve helped more than two million people, many of whom have faced exactly the same kind of situation as you.National Debtline

Free Helpline: 0808 808 4000 (9am-8pm)

nationaldebtline.co.uk

Coronavirus and your money

Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. 

Business Debtline

Free Helpline:  0800 197 6026

bdl.org.uk

Coronavirus Advice & Support

Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with business debts.

Payplan

Free Helpline:  0800 280 2816 (mobiles may be cheaper on 0207 760 8980) or use our online Debt Help Form for a quick and easy way to get free debt advice from experienced professionals.

payplan.com

Coronavirus debt help

Our promise is straightforward - we provide free debt advice and free debt solutions for anyone experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstance or situation.  Being in debt and experiencing financial problems can be stressful.  Talking it through with friends, family or colleagues may not be easy.  We're impartial and non-judgemental: most of all, we are committed to finding a realistic solution that is right for you, your family and your home. Our advice is free, confidential and available right now.

Citizen’s Advice

citizensadvice.org.uk

Coronavirus - what it means for you

Help with debt  

Benefits 

Sick or disabled?

We aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives.  We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination.  See website for individual National Helpline Numbers.

Turn2us

Helpline: 0808 802 2000

turn2us.org.uk 

Get Support

Coronavirus Information

Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations.   From April 2013 through to 2016, major changes are being made to the benefits and tax credits system affecting millions of people in this country.  Turn2us has mapped these most significant changes on a timeline, which can be filtered to the benefits that are relevant to you. You can also sign up to receive email alerts when a specific benefit changes.

Working Families

Helpline: 0300 012 0312

workingfamilies.org.uk 

Coronavirus - Your rights

Working Families is the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation.  The charity helps working parents and carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work.  Our free Legal Helpline gives parents and carers advice on employment rights such as maternity and paternity leave, rights to time off in an emergency, and parental leave, as well as helping them to negotiate the flexible hours they want. We can also give basic advice on the benefits and tax credits that working parents can claim.  We also give advice on maternity discrimination and pregnancy discrimination.

Single Parents

singleparents.org.uk 

SingleParents.org.uk is the parenting site by single parents for single parents. It is delivered by a dedicated team at Single Parent Action Network (SPAN) and by our volunteers. SingleParents.org.uk was born in 2008 and has supported thousands of parents, both women and men, through the hard times of separation, coping with divorce, going through the courts, domestic abuse, parenting, work and benefits and then on to rebuilding their lives.  SingleParents.org.uk brings together essential information, expert advice, interactive learning, multi-media content, links to other support organisations and news for anyone who is parenting alone.  We aim to be the first port of call for single parents online, providing information, support or signposting to additional services and is a lifeline to many who are parenting alone.

Scope & DIAL UK

Helpline: 0808 800 3333

scope.org.uk 

Coronavirus information and updates

Scope and DIALs offer the best combination of national disability expertise and local knowledge, providing free, impartial and expert information, advice and support to disabled people and their families on a variety of topics.  DIAL is an independent network of local disability information and advice services run by and for disabled people. Every year, DIALs help over a quarter of a million disabled people. Scope provides support to the network.

Shelter

Offer free confidential expert advice via their website, Housing Aid Centres, helpline and e-mail services.

Helpline: 0808 800 4444

England

Scotland 

Housing advice - coronavirus

The Salvation Army

Tel: 0207 367 4500

Budget & Debt Advice

Emergency Assistance

The Salvation Army has a long history of working with people who are vulnerable and marginalised across the world and offer very practical help, unconditional assistance and support regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality, respecting the identity and choices of all those referred to them.  Anyone can find themselves facing grief and despair.  Family breakdown, unemployment, poverty, homelessness, and drug and alcohol dependency are just some of the reasons why people can lose everything they value, including their dignity.   In the Salvation Army we don't judge or condemn.  We just help.   In the UK and Republic of Ireland there are more than 800 Salvation Army social service centres and churches (corps).  We run 120 drop-in centres offering support and help for people in need and serve 3,000,000 meals every year at community and residential centres.

Food Banks

The Trussell Trust

What we do  

Find a food bank

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.

FareShare

fareshare.org.uk 

FareShare is a national UK charity supporting communities to relieve food poverty.  FareShare is at the centre of two of the most urgent issues that face the UK: food poverty and food waste.

Olio (free sharing app)

Olio

On OLIO, you’ll find millions of people giving away food & other household items to their neighbours, all for free. Fight waste. Help your neighbours. Save our planet. Feel amazing!

Netmums

Food banks

You can also search the net or speak to your local council or Church to find your local community food bank.

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