How to get independent financial advice
Dealing with finances can often be a daunting task, but there are a number of services and organisations who can help and support you.
National advice and support
The Money Advice Service are a national organisation set up by the government providing free and impartial money advice. They offer:
- advice and guides to help improve your finances
- tools and calculators to help keep track and plan ahead
- support over the phone and online, including confidential help with managing debt
The Money Advice Service also have information about choosing a financial advisor, including what questions to ask them, and a guide to their fees.
National Debtline provide free advice on dealing with debt. They can discuss your situation and help find solutions. There are guides, fact sheets, budgeting tools and sample letters to help you write to your creditors. You can also get debt advice by using their webchat service, contacting them by email or by calling their helpline.
Money Saving Expert has lots of information and advice about budgeting and money management.
StepChange provide a comprehensive debt advice service to help people with debt problems take back control of their finances and their lives.
Local advice and support
South Gloucestershire Council work together with various advice agencies as part of the Welfare Advice Partnership to provide free, confidential and independent advice. Anyone can ask for advice from the partnership members by attending one of their drop-in sessions . These are run at community venues across South Gloucestershire.
Citizen’s Advice South Gloucestershire offer free confidential, impartial and independent advice and information on a wide range of subjects including money, finances and debt. You can contact them by telephone, online, or attend a drop-in session (no appointment needed).
Talking Money (Formerly Bristol Debt Advice Centre) provide free independent debt advice, energy advice and financial education. They hold advice sessions on a first-come-first-served basis at Kingswood and Yate One Stop Shops. Details are available here.
Money worries affecting your health
The NHS website has advice on how to cope with money worries, including top tips for coping with feeling low or anxiety caused by financial stress.