We know that money can be a huge worry, and many people in Portsmouth are finding things difficult at the moment. If you don’t have enough money to meet your day to day living costs, or you’re struggling to pay your bills, we’re here to help you find the right support for you and your family.
- If you’re struggling with unmanageable debt, you’re not alone. Getting help to manage your debts can make you feel better and more in control of your finances. Get help with debt.
- Contact organisations such as Advice Portsmouth or Citizens Advice Portsmouth to talk about your concerns and help you work out what’s best to do. If you’re a council tenant, your local housing office can help.
Worried about gambling?
If you have borrowed money that you couldn’t afford to repay because of problems with gambling, you may be entitled to a refund. This guide from Debt Camel explains what you can do. Debt Camel also have advice for people whose gambling has become a problem.
Council Tax Support Fund
It was announced by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities (DLHC) on the 23 December 2022, that the government would be making additional funding available for local authorities to support the most vulnerable households in England with their council tax payments.
The government expects local authorities to use the majority of their funding to reduce council tax bills for current working age and pension age Local Council Tax Support (LCTS) claimants by up to £25.
Please be advised that the scheme is currently in development and further updates will follow once the scheme has been approved. In the meantime, government guidance in relation to the Council Tax Support Fund can be found on the government’s website.
Don’t get caught out by cost of living scams. From fake fuel vouchers and phone bill discounts to dodgy supermarket offers and investment opportunities – find out how to recognise and report cost of living scams at Action Fraud
- Scammers are taking advantage of the government’s energy bills support scheme and tricking people into giving out personal and bank details. Your energy provider will automatically apply the discount to your bills, or send you vouchers if you have a prepayment meter – you don’t need to do anything. Visit the Gov.uk website to find out what to expect.
- Visit our money advice pages for more information.