This week, we mark one year since lockdown measures were first introduced, and the focus for many charities that deal with debt and money issues, such as StepChange, is to look at how the pandemic has affected household finances, and how they can help customers who are struggling.
With much of the government support due to come to an end soon, StepChange expects to see an increase in the number of people needing free, impartial debt help.
StepChange can provide this help, but we've also highlighted a few local and national resources to help you or someone you know to take #TheFirstStep towards resolving your debt/money issues:
Citizens Advice Rights Fife is an independent charity that provides free, confidential, and impartial advice and assistance to help you resolve your problems. Their expert advisors can support you with your debt and money issues, including managing your debt, dealing with creditors, and maximising your income.
Check out Citizens Advice Scotland's Money Tool for support on how to increase your income, reduce your bills, and ease the costs of daily living.
If you live in Fife and need free legal advice or representation for your debt and money issues, Fife Law Centre's team of solicitors can help you. The Centre also provides advice and representations on a number of other issues such as employment, housing, benefits, domestic abuse and your housing, and claiming compensation if you’ve been a victim of violent crime or sexual abuse.
You can use it to help guide conversations with your relevant healthcare worker about your mental health and money. You can also take it with you to any money or debt advice appointments you might attend.
If you're a healthcare professional wanting to use the Toolkit with your patients, click here for more information.