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Some people will experience difficulty with debt and related issues because of the changes since the pandemic. Citizens Advice latest research suggest this effects a third of us and a bigger proportion of families with children. If you can signpost people to seek help sooner rather than later it will be of benefit. If you need that help dont let your feelings about it stop you from seeking help. Taking control of the situation and managing it rather than ignoring it could be a really positive step as the year closes and the new year begins. It may particularly be important where a relationship breakdown or redundancy, or loss of earnings or additional caring has occurred. People can become more vulnerable to scams and fraudsters or illegal money lenders and well as frequently experiencing poor mental wellbeing. See sources of help with debt and free financial advice below from getting affordable loans froma Credit Union or Community Bank to ensuring you get the money you are entitled to
Sources of help listed by Derbyshire County Council
Access the welfare benefits team news at Derbyshire County Council.
Welfare benefits advice Derby City.
The Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre (DUWC) have published a Guide to Claiming Benefits and Credits following Redundancy. The aim of this guide is to give people the information they need to enable them to access the benefits system and claim what they are entitled to. Download the Guide HERE.
Just Finance Foundation Covid Cash course.
SAFFA support former Armed Service personnel and their families.
Foodbanks across the county may be delivering services at present in a different way, click on the link to find our how to contacct then or look on Facebook for the latest information on how to donate or what is particularly needed. Alternatively there is a community response unit which you may want to support or approach. If you are developing a food poverty response in Derbyshire ask colleagues advice about Feeding Derbyshire before proceeding.
Local Credit Unions or community banks are organisations offering members the opportunity to save and take out affordable loans.
If you have got involved with a loan informally that is worrying you because of being pressured it may be illegal. the Illegal Money Lending Team latest news and space to report a loan shark is at that website or 0300 555 2222.
Help with debt and free financial advice click the link to find local organisations.
Financial problems and advice from Safer Derbyshire
Safer Derbyshire guidance see community safety financial abuse page.
Financial abuse can be linked to domestic abuse.
Sources of help with substance misuse
Sources of help with problem gambling