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Cost of living: Debt Awareness Week 2023

Money worries and debt are still topics that many find difficult to talk about, and Debt Awareness Week encourages people to talk about their finances and make the most of the support and advice available.  

The theme this year is: “What is debt advice?” 

As a result of inflation and the cost of living crisis, an increasing number of people are experiencing financial difficulty for the first time.  

Impartial debt advice 

Debt Awareness Week aims to help those struggling financially to get on top of their finances and find new strategies and ways to manage money. It also highlights the free and confidential support and advice that is available.  

There are a range of services available through the council and charities, offering free and impartial advice, and there is no need to struggle alone.

Let’s talk about money 

Leader of the council, Cllr Peter Mason says: “Global economic insecurity and high interest rates are having far-reaching and worrying consequences for Ealing residents. We are aware of the strain that the spiralling cost of living crisis is having on Ealing households, but support is out there.” 

Cabinet member for inclusive economy, Cllr Steve Donnelly said: “The cost of living crisis means that more people than ever are experiencing financial difficulty. At the council, we are doing everything we can to support Ealing residents, so please do reach out for impartial, non-judgemental advice. You don’t have to struggle with this alone.” 

Ealing Council have been sharing resources on Around Ealing, for advice of what support if available and where to get help. They have also published a round-up of the support available, to make sure you are aware of benefits you can claim. 

Support available 

National Debt Week is a campaign initiated by the Step Change, a charity that offers free impartial and confidential advice, contact Step Change, and find out more about the options and support available. Step Change Debt Charity – Free Expert Debt Advice

A free mental health and debt booklet is offered by the Money Saving Expert – which is available to download here.  The booklet shares information on how to handle debts when unwell, working with banks, and free debt counselling. Supported by a number of charities including Mind and Rethink.  

MoneyHelper is a government back service that also provides free and impartial advice, and help with money.   

Local Welfare Assistance is available to people facing immediate crisis, where you can apply for financial support through the council’s website.   

Visit Ealing Libraries to also find out more about our free courses, including Improve your Financial Fitness, on Thurs 23 March, and the Energy Saving Advice session, on Tues, March 28 at Acton Town Hall Library.  

Crosslight Advice, a debt management charity, also share their top tips on managing your money and expenses.  

To find out more about mental health and wellbeing services in Ealing visit.

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