A Quick Guide to Debt Advice

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Overview

This quick guide has been developed to help you understand what to expect when you make an appointment for free debt advice. For a more detailed guide, please see our 'Your Debt Advice Journey' guide.

5 Stages to Sort Problem Debt

Stage 1: Explain your financial situation

    • Start with your personal household details.
    • The types of debt, how & when they started?
    • Any emergency debts you have?
    • Let your creditors know you are getting help.

Stage 2: Draw up a detailed budget

    • Check your income less essential living costs.
    • Identify any priority debt you must pay.
    • Discuss budgeting & income maximisation tips.
    • Consider any essential assets you own.

Stage 3: Find out your debt options

    • Discuss any entitlement to charitable help.
    • Check your liability for debt.
    • Compare formal & informal debt solutions.
    • Confirm any eligibility criteria.

Stage 4: Choose a suitable debt solution

    • Consider any application fees involved.
    • Do you need to protect any essential assets?
    • How long will the debt solution last?
    • Pick an affordable, maintainable debt solution.

Pleas visit our Debt Options Overview Page.

Stage 5: Organise your future finances

    • Make sure you have a basic, safe bank account.
    • Set up any debt repayments you need to make.
    • Plan for future life events affecting your money.
    • Think about budgeting & savings longer term.

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