You can get different types of help and advice with debt and money. Many charities and organisations give free guidance and advice. Some individuals and organisations may charge a fee.
What debt advisers do
A debt adviser can:
- help you find ways to manage your debt
- suggest ways to deal with your debt
Debt advisers can offer help you might not know about.
Organisations that can help with debt and money
These organisations are supported by the Scottish Government and can help with information about debt and money. They will not charge you for advice and information.
- Advice Direct Scotland – online and live chat advice for people in Scotland
- Christians Against Poverty – online and in person advice
- Citizens Advice Scotland – in person advice at your local Citizen's Advice Bureau or on the phone through the Money Talk Team (0800 085 7145)
- National Debt Line – online and telephone advice about debt (0808 808 4000)
- StepChange Debt Charity – online and telephone advice about debt (0800 138 1111)
- Money Advice Scotland – online chat and tools to help with debt
You can also get help from the Money and Pensions Service Money Helper.
You may also be able to get help and advice from your local council or your housing association if you're a housing association tenant.
You may be able to get help with some rent arrears or mortgage repayments. Find out how to get help:
- if your home is at risk of being repossessed
- with your rent arrears
- to claim housing benefit
- if you're on certain benefits and cannot afford housing costs
- you're behind with mortgage payments
You may be able to get help if you cannot pay your energy bills.
Get help from Money Talk Team
The Money Talk Team service offers free money and debt advice.
The service can help you understand what you’re entitled to and ways to save money.
It can help you find out:
- what benefits and other financial support you may be entitled to
- how you can manage debt
- ways to save money on your outgoings
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