Gambling Debt Financial Help
When Ray first started betting, his gambling was enjoyable and he felt the winning streak would last forever.
But after a few big wins, his luck ran out. He started chasing winners and increasing his bets to cover what he’d lost. He started to lose interest in spending time with his friends and family, and even took days off work so he could gamble more.
When Ray started missing bill payments and incurring fees, there was less money for his family each month. This started to place even more of a strain on Ray’s home life and he felt guilty about the impact his gambling was having.
Realising something had to change, Ray got in touch with a local gambling addiction charity for help. Part of their advice was to find out what tools and support Ray’s bank may be able to offer.
How Barclaycard helped
When he rang us, Ray got through to one of our support team, Alison.
- Alison gave Ray time to explain things in his own words and wasn’t judgemental or demanding, as Ray had feared
- Together they created a repayment plan that Ray could afford, and put a longer term plan in place for when he was in a better place. Alison explained what information she needed for this, as well as how it would affect Ray’s credit score and what could be done to help
- She checked that Ray knew he could access his Barclaycard account online or via the Barclaycard app to make debit card payments, change payment due dates and, when he could afford to, set up a Direct Debit
Ray knew he had to make the call, but he was worried about the consequences of having to tell Barclaycard about his gambling problem. But after speaking to Alison, he was relieved and felt able to focus on recovering from his addiction.
Does your story sound like Ray's?
When you feel powerless to stop, the financial consequences of an addiction can be devastating. You don't have to handle this alone. Get in touch with us as soon as you can and let us know what's going on.
You're not alone - we're here to help
We know your debts aren't going to disappear on their own, but we really can help. If you get in touch, we'll ask you about your income and outgoings so you can feel confident you're only repaying what you can really afford. And your priority payments – Council Tax, rent/mortgage repayments and household bills – will always come first.
It's probably the last thing you want to do, but giving us a call won’t make anything worse. We won't spring any surprises on you; our advisers are here to listen, understand and agree a solution with you – not demand payments you can’t afford.
You can rest assured, we’ll ask your permission before we do anything and check how you feel about your other finances.
We'll try to provide you with help that’s clear, practical and easy to understand. Also, we'll advise you where to find free and independent help.
Get in touch to find out how we can help
Speak with our support team on:
Calls to 0800 number are free from UK landlines. Mobile charges may vary.
The line is free and open Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 9pm.
Use the Barclaycard app
Talk to us anytime using our 'Chat' service. You can find it under 'Contact us' on the help page. It's secure and easy to use and if we can't answer you immediately we'll send you a notification when we reply, so there's no need to wait.
Write to us at:
Kirkby Town Centre
Other ways you can get help
If you're struggling with a few different debts or money worries in general, there are organisations that may be able to help:
To protect the privacy of our customers, we have used photographs of actors and fictitious names, but they are based on real situations.
How close are you to a Debt Problem?
If you're worried that you need help with your finances then you can try StepChange Debt Charity's 60-second debt test. By answering a few simple questions they'll be able to tell you if you need debt advice.