Money and banking

From the best saving accounts to advice on how to budget, the websites may be able to provide you with some advice on how to manage your finances better.

At Consumer Affairs, their mission is to empower consumers through education in the areas of credit, loans, insurance, debt and personal finance. Whether you are looking to take out a mortgage or you are considering a payday loan, they promise to provide the thorough and up-to-date information you need to make the best choice for you and your family.

Step Change have over 20 years' experience of helping people become debt free. Step Change have helped over 2 million people deal with problem debt in that time, with their free, expert and impartial debt help.

www.entitledto.co.uk checks if you are entitled to extra benefits. Type in details of your personal situation and it'll give you the answer and details of how to claim.

www.hmrc.gov.uk has a guide to income tax, including many different things you can claim income tax relief on - did you know you can get a tax rebate if you have to buy or maintain specialist tools or clothing for work?  

www.moneysavingexpert.com is the king of economy websites, it'll tell you how to do almost everything to save money – it is worth a visit!

www.moneymatterstome.co.uk is a practical guide to family finance - how to save, what to do if you're spending too much, how to manage if you're just about to have a baby or have a long-term illness.

www.moneysupermarket.com explains how to get the best deals on bank accounts, ISAs and loans.

www.mylostaccount.org.uk helps you track down money in all kinds of forgotten accounts. For lost pensions, investments, insurance policies and old share certificates, try the Unclaimed Assets Register at www.uar.co.uk.

www.adviceguide.org.uk is the place to turn to if you're in debt or having trouble making ends meet. It explains how to work out a budget, negotiate with creditors and consolidate debt.

www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk is a free, independent service giving a wide range of clear, unbiased money advice.  The website includes a free, confidential money health check to help you make the most of your money.  

We know how complex council tax and council tax arrears can be. Click here to visit the Council Tax Advisors website for free, practical advice on how to deal with these matters.

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