Debt management

Citizens Advice – Bridgend

Citizen’s Advice run free of charge regular debt management clinics. They offer support and assistance with debt, money management and benefits. Offering free, independent and confidential advice they value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. Advisers can help fill out forms, write letters, negotiate with creditors and represent clients at tribunals.

Bridgend Communities First in partnership with Citizens Advice delivers a ‘Financial Wellbeing’ advice and support service across Bridgend County Borough.

The aims of the service are to deliver:

  • personalised advice and assistance to mitigate the effects of poor understanding or management of personal income and finances, including a budgeting plan;
  • an income and benefits ‘health check’ including support to make new benefit claims or appeals, or support to apply for grants and concessions;
  • support to manage debt, including a debt management/budgeting plan;
  • localised events designed to promote financial inclusion and develop understanding of Welfare Benefits/Reforms, and encourage take up of one to one support where appropriate.

Based on the ground floor – Dunraven Place, Bridgend, CF31 1JD, for further details, T: 01656 762803 or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/wales/


Money advice service – helping people to manage their money   

You can take a FREE money health check on the Money Advice Service website now to help you:

  • get a clearer picture of where you stand with your finances;
  • receive free unbiased advice – from building your savings to repaying debt;
  • change the way you think about money.

Click here for a money health check and information about pensions, mortgages and investments >>>

For further information, T: 0300 330 0520,  E: moneyadviser@citizensadvice.org.uk or visit www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk


Shelter Cymru  

Shelter Cymru is a people and homes charity for Wales. They believe that a decent secure home is a fundamental right and essential to the health and wellbeing of people and communities.

They provide independent specialist advice, advocacy and legal representation for anyone with housing problems. Shelter Cymru’s advisers provide face-to-face and online help to prevent homelessness.

Through their campaigning, research and policy work they influence the legislative agenda relating to housing and homelessness in Wales, while their education service aims to prevent homelessness by working with young people and providing detailed teaching and learning resources.

Although Shelter Cymru works closely with their sister organisations in England and Scotland, they are a completely independent charity and focus entirely on the needs of people in Wales

For further details visit www.sheltercymru.org.uk or call their support line T: 0845 075 5005.


Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit (WIMLU)

Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit (WIMLU) targets illegal money lenders, more commonly known as loan sharks. The unit looks into illegal lending and any related crimes as well as supporting victims.

Illegal lending is a criminal offence. Illegal money lenders operate without a license, often targeting vulnerable people. Loan sharks start out friendly, but their behaviour changes when payments are missed and often take cash cards/post office cards and pin numbers as collateral for loans.

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The Unit operates a 24 hour hotline, T: 0300 123 3311


Useful links:

Useful contacts (check call rates before dialling)

Citizen’s Advice – Bridgend
Offer free, independent and confidential advice on debt, money management and benefits, T: 01656 762803.

Business Debtline
Debt advice for small businesses, T: 0800 197 6026.

Community Legal Advice
Information on debt, money and tax, adviser search, T:  0845 345 4345.

Consumer Credit Counselling Service
Online debt counselling, budgeting advice, T: 0800 138 111.

Consumer direct
Information on reducing fuel bills, T: 0845 404 0506.

Direct Gov
Information on managing money and debt.

Financial Services Authority
Interactive tools for budgeting and borrowing, information and leaflets.

Money Advice Service
You can take a FREE money health check on the website now to help you.

National Debtline
Debt information pack, sample letters, factsheets and free independent advice line, T: 0808 808 4000.

Payplan
Debt calculator, debt solutions and budgeting, T: 0800 716 239.

Shelter Cymru
Housing advice including mortgage and rent arrears, repossession, eviction, court action,
T: 0845 075 5005.

Tax Aid
Help with tax problems, T: 0845 120 3779.

Turn 2 Us
Benefits calculator and details of grant giving charities, T: 0808 802 2000.

Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit (WIMLU)
Targets illegal money lenders, more commonly known as loan sharks. The unit looks into illegal lending and any related crimes as well as supporting victims, T: 0300 123 331.