Money

More money in my pocket - Money

Managing your money can be difficult. Making changes could mean that you have less money going out and more money coming in. 

We can support you with things like sticking to a budget, help with debts, paying your rent and Council Tax on time, claiming all the help you’re entitled to, and getting help in a crisis.

Getting help in a crisis

If you are having a money crisis and can’t afford to pay for important things like gas and electricity and food, we may be able to help.

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I’m struggling to pay my rent

If you’re struggling to pay your rent, you might be able to get help with it.

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I’m struggling to pay my mortgage

If you’re struggling to pay your mortgage, you might be able to get help with it.

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I’m struggling to pay my Council Tax

You can find out if you’re eligible and claim Council Tax support online.

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My benefits don’t cover all my rent or housing costs

If you get Housing Benefit or the housing cost element of Universal Credit but the amount does not meet all of your housing costs, you may be entitled to extra financial help called Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).

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I need to claim Universal Credit

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment designed to support people of working age who are on a low income or out of work.

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I need to claim Housing Benefit or Council Tax support

You might be able to claim Housing Benefit if you:

  • Are on a low income - whether you are working or on other benefits
  • Pay rent
  • Have less than £16,000 in savings, capital and shares
  • Are not claiming Universal Credit

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I need to claim free school meals for my children

Free school meals are available to all children attending a state funded infant school in reception class, year 1 or year 2 regardless of income. After that age, income-related free school meals are available to eligible families.

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I’d like help with budgeting or debt

Money Smart is a free Council service to help you become smarter at managing your money and making the most of your income.

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I want to switch my gas and electric provider to save money on bills

The Money Smart team can help you to reduce your fuel bills and other costs.

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I need help to stop gambling

If you have a problem with gambling and you'd like to stop, help and treatment is available.

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There are many other organisations offering
support and advice nationally and locally:

Age UK

Age UK Wakefield District support older people with money management, concerns around utility comparisons, budgeting and paying for care.

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CAP

Christians against Poverty (CAP) offer free debt counselling in the Wakefield district. The Church run a debt centre, job club and money courses.

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Debt Advice Foundation

Debt Advice Foundation offer free, confidential support and advice to anyone worried about loans, credit and debt.

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Leeds Credit Union

Leeds City Credit Union can help members apply for loans or to consolidate debts into one more affordable payment at a lower interest rate. They also offer a range of savings plans and accounts that help members save and manage their money.

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Money Advice Service (MAS)

An independent service set up by the Government to help people make the most of their money by giving free, impartial advice.

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Money Advice Trust

Help tackling debts and managing money with confidence.

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My Money Steps

A free and confidential online debt advice service from National Debtline.

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National Debtline

An independent UK charity dedicated to providing free, impartial and confidential debt advice.

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PayPlan

Free debt advice and debt management plans to protect family and home; they will deal with creditors direct on your behalf.

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Royal British Legion

Specialist compensation advice, advice on debt and money management for service or ex-service citizens. Support applying for grants and loans.

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SSAFA Armed Forces Charity

SSAFA assist those who have been in the armed forces or are currently serving and can also support former partners, widowed partners and dependent children. They can help with advice on debt and benefits.

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StepChange

StepChange experts help citizens to deal with their debt problems, providing the advice and support needed to achieve long-term financial control.

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Turn 2 Us

A national charity helping people when times get tough, providing financial support to help people get back on track.

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Wakefield Citizens Advice

Wakefield CAB is an independent, local charity offering free, confidential and impartial advice.

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Wakefield Hopeful Families

A variety of help and advice is available regarding debt, managing money and housing matters.

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