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Managing your finances can be a difficult task, especially when circumstances change. For many of us, financial difficulties can be a difficult subject to resolve, and even harder to talk about honestly. Sometimes it’s difficult to find out where it’s best to get the advice, guidance, and support you need – whether that be for handling debts, personal finances, getting help to pay bills, or arranging to pay for your care.

In these pages, we aim to provide you with information which will help you get to grips with paying for residential care, care at home, receiving benefits, managing your finances or paying off debts.

On the right of this page, you will find links to national charities and organisations dedicated to guiding you towards debt solutions, money worries, or benefits advice. You can also perform a search on the left of the screen to find local services to help you with all your money matters. By navigating the services on offer, you can ensure that whatever tasks you face, you will not be doing so without support.

Useful Information

  • Arranging and Paying for Residential Care

      When choosing a care home, it is vital to make sure that you choose one that will be right for you now and in your future. Care homes are run by a multitude  of organisations: these can be voluntary organisations, local council organisations, or private…

  • Benefit Advice

    You may be eligible for welfare benefits due to your circumstances. There are local and national organisations that can provide information, including Southend Citizens Advice Bureau, The Money Advice Service , the Gov.uk website, or by contacting Southend Borough Council either on the website or calling Tel: 01702 215001…

  • Care Act Finance

    Following the Government announcement in mid-July that the implementation of the financial parts of the Care Act will be delayed, here are some useful FAQs that should help you to understand the changes.  If after reading these you need further information, please do not hesitate…

  • Money Matters - Age UK

    Finance is complex, and an area that many of us find hard to manage, and to understand. Age UK have a range of easy to understand information, on everything from Equity Release to Social Security benefits. Whether you're planning to set up a trust, you…

  • Loan Sharking (Illegal Money Lending)

     We can offer support to people who can answer 'yes' to any or all of the following questions: ·         Have you been offered a cash loan? ·         Have you been threatened when you couldn't pay? ·         Has your bank card been taken from you as…

  • Help with Debt and Managing Money

    Managing money and debt can become a serious worry for people, and you may feel like things are getting out of control. There are many circumstances that can cause you to suddenly, or unexpectedly, find yourself or your loved ones in debt. It can cause…