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Advice on managing money, debt problems or claiming benefits

If you need some help and advice about managing money, debt problems, or benefits there are several organisations on hand to provide free impartial advice or help you to manage your finances.

Click on each box below to find out more information about the different support and advice available.

The Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Service provides independent advice and information so people can understand their finances and tools to make the money go further.

Stockport Credit Union

Joining Stockport Credit Union is a great way to manage your money, as it gives you access to secure savings and affordable loans. It’s local, ethical and is member-owned. Everyone who lives, works, studies or volunteers in Stockport can join, as well as everyone who works for any of the employers listed on this page: www.stockportcu.com/employers.html

Saving with Stockport Credit Union:

Your savings are as safe as in any bank or building society. You are eligible for a dividend based on any surplus the credit union makes each year.

Loans from Stockport Credit Union:

Affordable loans – from a supportive and ethical lender. A great alternative to high-cost payday loans, doorstep lenders and rent-to-own companies.

Join the club! Contact Stockport Credit Union for more information:

Telephone: 0161 430 5808

Email: mail@stockportcu.com

Web: www.stockportcu.com

 

StepChange

StepChange Debt Charity have been helping people with their debt problems for over 20 years. They provide free, practical debt advice, and a variety of debt solutions. Try StepChange's Debt Remedy for anonymous, tailored advice in around 20 minutes.

Try StepChange's Debt Remedy

Visit the StepChange website

Debt Advice Service (Stockport Council)

Stockport Council’s Debt Advice Service is available to all Stockport residents and provides independent support and guidance for people who are in debt or are worried about getting into debt. It offers a range of debt-related services, including:

  • Support with negotiation and advocacy;
  • advice on benefits and budgeting;
  • professional representation on debt problems;
  • advice on bankruptcy and debts;
  • advice on mortgages, rents and Council Tax as well as repossession orders;
  • advice on bills such as fuel and water rates.

Contact us
Address: Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3XE
Phone: Reception: 0161 474 3093 or Advice Line: 0161 474 3091
Fax: 0161 474 3095
Minicom: 07624 805624
Web: www.stockport.gov.uk/debtadvice
Email: debt.advice@stockport.gov.uk 

Stockport Local Assistance Scheme

The aim of the Stockport's Local Assistance Scheme is to:

  • provide a safety net in an emergency, when there is an immediate threat to health or safety; and
  • to help people to settle into new accommodation after for example, a stay in hospital or temporary accommodation;
  • to help support people to continue to live independently when they are facing difficulties.

To be eligible for support from the SLAS applicants need to undergo a four stage application process that determines:

  • their age, household type and benefit/income status;
  • whether or not they have a local Stockport connection, or if one is needed;
  • their qualifying circumstances or need for immediate assistance;
  • the priority of their need and whether there is sufficient money in the budget or not.

Please note that this scheme is not a replacement for crisis loans or community care grants. We do not offer cash.

Contact us
Address: Fred Perry House, Edward Street, Stockport SK1 3XE
Phone: 0161 474 2101
Web: www.stockport.gov.uk/stockport-local-assistance-scheme

Email: slas@stockport.gov.uk

Benefits Advice

You can get benefits advice from Stockport Local Advice Centres or Citizens Advice Stockport. For more information about both these services, visit our page on General information and advice.

There is also a range of advice about benefits on the Stockport Council website.

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