Working at the frontline of helping people work to address debt issues, we know very well the challenges people are feeling right now. It is essential to highlight that while we want to help people resolve debt, we want to do it affordably and sustainably.
The people we help are often surprised by our listening approach, as we seek to understand peoples’ circumstances, working with them to find a way forward. Right now the cost of living is increasing, particularly the dramatic rise in utility costs which people may never have experienced. We cannot just make debt disappear, but in common with other similar companies, we are not here to add to peoples’ burdens and are happy to signpost help.
For people struggling to pay for energy or who think they may get into difficulty, contact your supplier (opens in new tab). Additionally, the Government’s financial help site, Money Helper (opens in new tab) has a range of support options it can direct people towards for assistance.
Daily, small steps can help make a difference in peoples’ finances. Every penny can be a prisoner. The last few weeks have seen numerous utility money saving ideas, including;
- Switch a plug off at the wall when a device isn’t in use. Research by Uswitch found that households waste £227m by leaving appliances on standby.
- Energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances can light your home using the same amount of light for less money and help lower your emissions.
- Washing clothes at high temperatures isn’t always necessary; washing at 30 degrees can be just as effective as a 40 degrees wash.
- Draft proofing homes
- Turning a thermostat down a degree