Get help and support with money worries from Citizens Advice

It’s okay to ask for help

We know money can be a worry sometimes and that the cost of living crisis is affecting lots of people. Some people are finding it hard to balance their finances.

We want to help

We’ve partnered with Citizens Advice to make sure people can get support when they need it most. Citizens Advice can help you if you’re experiencing financial and debt-related problems.

Their experts can advise you on issues such as:

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  • Debt and bill/payment arrears

  • Rent and landlords

  • Employment (work), benefits and other payments you might be eligible for

  • Health and healthcare

  • Family problems, immigration and other legal problems

  • Problems with a product or service you’ve bought

Any conversation you have with Citizens Advice will be confidential and will not affect your credit score.

Speak to Citizens Advice

If you’re a Co-operative Bank customer and contact Citizens Advice, thanks to our partnership you can expect advice and support which is:

Free

You won’t have to pay anything to get advice

Quick

Someone will contact you within two days (48 hours)

In a safe space

Citizens Advice is there to help and will not judge your situation

Confidential

Citizens Advice won’t tell us about what you discuss

Who we’ve helped

Click on the stories below to read some examples of how we’ve helped. The names in the stories have been changed to keep them confidential.

Samantha’s story

Samantha:

  • Was made redundant and struggled with her energy bills. She got into arrears over the winter
  • Then found another job but she struggled to pay for both the arrears and her normal energy bill
  • Then had her monthly energy charge raised by her supplier. She knew there was no way she would be able to afford the higher cost.

Samantha spoke to Citizens Advice and:

  • They checked whether she was entitled to any more money
  • They found she was entitled to a warm home discount and helped her apply for it
  • They found she was eligible to apply for a Trust Fund - which could wipe out her arrears
  • They completed the Trust Fund application on her behalf.

The Trust Fund application was successful and Samantha was delighted she was no longer in debt. She said she was very grateful for Citizens Advice’s help as she now feels she has a ‘clear slate.’

Andy’s story

Andy:

  • Had lived in a flat rented from a private landlord for over 5 years. It had damp and mould in many rooms, the flooring needed to be repaired, and there was crumbling plaster on some walls
  • Had water flood into his home after the flat above his experienced a burst pipe. Water came into his living room through the ceiling and a light fitting and there was even more damp in the flat
  • Contacted his landlord but they did not do anything. He did not want to face another winter of living in a cold, damp home and was fed up of sending his kids to school with clothes that smelled of damp.

Andy spoke to Citizens Advice and:

  • He sent them pictures of the disrepair and a letter from her GP which explained how these problems in the flat were impacting on his health
  • They dealt with his landlord on his behalf and reminded the landlord that they would be breaking the law if they did not maintain the property
  • They helped him to register for social housing in his local area which would be much more affordable for him.

Andy’s flat is now properly maintained and much more comfortable.

Rachel’s story

Rachel:

  • Lived with her two young children. She was made redundant and the Jobcentre suggested she should claim Universal Credit
  • Was confused as she had never claimed benefits before and did not know what paperwork she had to provide to make her claim
  • Wanted to get a new job as quickly as possible but needed to find a job that worked around her childcare arrangements
  • Was worried that she was going to have to wait at least 5 weeks before she received her first payment as she said she was already struggling to manage
  • Had no cooker, as hers had recently broken. She was waiting until she got a job to get it fixed or replaced and was spending a lot of money on microwave meals in the meantime.

Rachel spoke to Citizens Advice and:

  • They explained Universal Credit and talked through some examples of how much Universal Credit she would receive depending on her wages when she moved back into employment
  • They explained how to fill in the Universal Credit form online and what evidence she needed to provide
  • They explained how to get an advance payment from the Jobcentre.
  • They applied to a trust fund to get her a new cooker.

Rachel’s application for Universal Credit was successful and she got a new cooker through the trust fund, so she does not have to worry about how to feed her family.

Get in touch with Citizens Advice

It takes about 10 minutes if you've got all your details ready.

You’ll need:

  • To be a Co-operative Bank customer
  • Your name, address and best contact number
  • A brief description of your situation and needs.

Citizens Advice won’t tell us about what you discuss unless you want them to.

Make sure to select ‘Co-operative Bank Customer’ under ‘Select your region’ after following the link below to get help.

The page is hosted by Citizens Advice Manchester but the service is for all our customers, wherever you live in the UK.

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