Money worries



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Money worries - advice and support

Information and advice

    Emergency food

    If you can't afford to buy enough food, you may be able to get some short-term help from your local food bank. You will need a voucher to use a food bank. To find out where you can get a voucher, contact your local food bank or phone the Citizens Advice national phone service on 03444 111 444.

    Local food banks:

    The Smart Living website has tips and ideas for making the most of the food you have and avoiding waste.

    The BBC has a range of healthy recipes to help you Eat Well for Less


    • Tax Help for Older People is a service from the charity Tax Volunteers providing free, independent and expert help and advice for older people on lower incomes who cannot afford to pay for professional tax advice.

    Debt and money

    Debt and budgeting

    The organisations below offer free, impartial advice on debt and budgeting:

    Breathing space is a new government scheme which is designed to give you time to receive debt advice and find a solution to sort out your debt problems. Eligibility criteria apply.

    Always make sure you are claiming any benefits you may be entitled to.

    Mental health and money

    • Mind has practical tips on managing your money and improving your mental health
    • Money Savings Expert, supported by Mind, Rethink, CAPUK and others, have developed a guide - Mental Health and Debt - for people with mental health problems and those caring for them.
    • Mental Health and Money Advice has practical advice and support for people experiencing issues with mental health and money.
    • If you are receiving mental health crisis treatment and struggling with problem debt, the Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space scheme has been set up to create time and space for you to get the treatment you need, without having to worry about your debts growing or your creditors contacting you during your treatment. (Hampshire County Council residents can submit a referral form here).

    Gambling and debt

    Gamcare offers support and advice to those affected by gambling, including specific advice regarding money management.

    Economic abuse

    Economic abuse often occurs alongside other forms of abuse. Surviving Economic Abuse has information and advice as well as a Financial Support Line for victims of domestic abuse.

    Short-term grants and advances

    The Department for Work and Pensions provides grants and short-term advances for people who already claim benefits, such as:

    You can check you are receiving the right benefits:

    Fuel hardship

      Keeping your home warm in winter.
      If you claim benefits, you may be able to claim discounts or grants to help heat your home. More about keeping warm in winter.

      Free school meals

      Eligibility for free school meals depends on the circumstances of the parents or carers.

      Find out more from:

      Hampshire County Council
      Portsmouth City Council
      Southampton City Council

      Housing advice

      If you are having problems paying your rent or are worried about mortgage or council tax payments:

      Keeping your home warm in winter.
      If you claim benefits, you may be able to claim discounts or grants to help heat your home. More about keeping warm in winter.


      Use the internet to search for reuse organisations that may sell secondhand furniture and appliances.
      Here are some websites or organisations you could try:

      Gumtree - for secondhand furniture and appliances for sale.
      Emmaus Hampshire is a social enterprise which helps people out of homelessness.
      The Community Furniture Project in Basingstoke sells a wide range of used furniture.
      The Furniture Helpline in Alton provides affordable household goods, household furniture and white-goods at very low prices to those with a need.
      Jacob's Well Care Centre aims to provide furniture to those in need in the Gosport area.

      Charity shops, such as the British Heart Foundation,are also a good place to start if you want to buy secondhand goods for the home at affordable prices.
      Some household waste recycling centres have sections where you can buy secondhand furniture.

      Financial help from charities

      • Some charities provide financial help such as grants or subsidised care in a care home. Often these charities are concerned with particular groups or occupations.

        Use the Search for Grants tool on Turn2Us to find out what charitable funds you may be eligible for.


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