Last month, Ruth was feeling on top of her bills and budgets. But then came a run of bad days, and without the energy to check the balance and move money around, Ruth just put everything on the credit card to worry about when she was feeling better.
When she came to pay her next card bill, it was much higher than she had expected. Ruth began to feel overwhelmed – she paid what was due but that left less money for her other household bills. She was worried all her repayments would be too high, that she wouldn’t be able to make ends meet, and she didn’t know where to go for help.
It was Ruth’s brother who convinced her to give us a call. He could see she was worried about her finances, but once he found out how bad things had got he knew it was time for Ruth to let us know. By this point:
- Ruth was putting the food shop on her credit card so she could pay bills
- she had missed a Council Tax payment and only partly paid her electricity bill
- she had spent up to her credit limit in just a few weeks
Ruth was really worried about calling us and unsure about what would happen next. But when she did call, she was connected to one of our support team, Carol.
Ruth had been dreading the call, but she felt so much better when she hung up. Carol really put her mind at rest, understanding her situation and offering advice to put her back in control. Ruth told Carol she was worried her benefits income would be taken to pay off her debts, but Carol assured her this wouldn’t happen.
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
Calls to 0800 and 0808 numbers are free from UK landlines.
Mobile charges may vary.
Calls to 03 numbers use free plan minutes if available – otherwise they cost the same as calls to 01/02 prefix numbers.
The line is free and open 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, and 9am - 2pm Saturday.
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