Money and Debt advice

Tips for managing your money

As the cost of living increases, many people are finding it harder to manage their household budget. 

Our financial and employment support team are here to help anyone in the Armed Forces community that is struggling.

Consider the list below for ways you could increase your income and reduce your expenditure. 

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Check you’re getting what you’re entitled to

Check you’re getting the benefits, tax credits or Universal Credit that you’re entitled to. Use an independent benefits calculator such as entitledto.co.uk and contact HMRC to check you’re paying the right amount of tax and see if you’re eligible for tax credits.

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Apply for a grant from a charity 

Did you know that the Royal British Legion can provide financial assistance to eligible persons?

You can also search for grants from other charities and organisations on the Turn2Us website

Child Maintenance 

Ask for child maintenance or see whether the maintenance you are getting can be increased. 

Non-dependents 

Grown-up children or other relatives living in your home? Make sure they are paying enough towards the household expenses. 

Got unwanted items?

Sell items you don't need or want anymore through reputable online selling websites. 

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Check your utility bills

It pays to shop around so check you’re getting the best deal for energy, water, phone, broadband and insurance. Use moneysavingexpert.com for advice on securing the best deals.

Special tariffs

If you're struggling, speak to your utility companies. They may be able to organise a special payment plan, or offer hardship grants or special tariffs.

Cut down on waste

Turning things off at the wall rather than leaving them on stand-by, turning the tap off while you brush your teeth, turning the thermostat down a degree, and insulating your home can all reduce the amount of energy and water you use. 

Spread council tax payments

Instead of paying over 10 months, with a two-month break, it might be better for you to pay smaller instalments over 12 months. 

Discretionary Housing Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments might be available from your local authority if you’re struggling to pay your rent.

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Healthcare costs

Check if you’re eligible to receive free prescriptions or for help with dentists, opticians, or hospital transport costs.

Help with school costs

You might be able to get help with some of the costs of sending your child to school, including school meals, transport and uniform. 

Food banks

If you don't have enough money to buy food, there may be a local food bank which can provide you with a food parcel. Contact a local support service or advice agency for a referral. 

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