Debt advice

We know managing finances can be challenging, especially on a tight budget. If you’re struggling financially there is help and support available. 

Financial support team 

If you’re in debt, or have money worries, our financial support team may be able to help.  

They’ll make sure you get the right support for your situation. 

Find out more about the service and how to contact them: 

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We want to make sure all Haringey residents get the support available to them, including help with:

  • benefits
  • other financial help
  • employment
  • housing
  • mental health support

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Debt advice organisations 

Debt advice organisations can help you: 

  • find your most important debts and take action to pay them 
  • plan your weekly and monthly budget 
  • decide on a plan to deal with your debts 
  • talk with the people you owe money to  
  • understand court procedures and help you reply to court documents 

Organisations 

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Council tenants in rent arrears

If you are a council tenant in rent arrears you should contact your local housing office. 

If you are unable to do this yourself, our financial support team may be able to help. Please contact them.

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Types of debts and possible outcomes 

If you’re experiencing debt or money problems, you should contact an adviser as soon as possible. 

This list shows what could happen when certain debts are not dealt with: 

  • mortgage – repossession of your home, eviction 
  • second mortgage/secured loan – repossession of your home, eviction 
  • rent – eviction 
  • council tax – seizure of goods by bailiffs to cover money owed, deductions from wages/benefits 
  • water bill – supply disconnected 
  • gas/electricity bill – supply disconnected 
  • unpaid magistrates court fine – seizure of goods by bailiffs to cover money owed, deductions from wages/benefit, imprisonment 
  • unpaid maintenance/child support – seizure of goods by bailiffs to cover money owed, deductions from wages/benefit, imprisonment 
  • Income Tax/VAT/National Insurance – seizure of goods by bailiffs to cover money owed, bankruptcy
  • telephone bill – disconnection 
  • hire purchase (not normal credit) – repossession of hire purchase goods 
  • unsecured credit card debts – county court judgement, lower credit rating 

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Debt respite scheme (breathing space) 

The debt respite scheme is a free, government-backed scheme. It can give you the time and space to get debt advice and make a debt plan.  

There are 2 options: 

  • standard breathing space 
  • mental health crisis breathing space  

Standard breath space 

The scheme gives you: 

  • up to 60 days of legal protections from the people you owe money to 
  • professional debt advice 

For more information, and how to apply, contact a debt advice organisation like: 

Mental health crisis breathing space 

To apply for mental health breathing space, you must be receiving mental health crisis treatment. 

For more information, and how to apply, see: 

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Page last updated:

September 14, 2021