Depending on your situation, you can get advice to help with your budget, finance and debt matters.
Listed below are different ways you can seek advice and help.
Owing the council
If you owe more than one council department and are finding it difficult to pay, our Multiple Debt team may be able to make things easier. Contact us to see if you can agree a single affordable monthly payment.
Call 020 7527 6161 or email MultipleDebtTeam@islington.gov.uk.
Help with the cost of living
We’re helping with the cost of living crisis. Visit our cost of living page for details of the support available through the council and local partners.
You can also contact us for friendly advice and support. We can help you work out what benefits and financial support you are entitled to, whether you will be better off in work, including affordability of childcare costs, and help you to make a claim. Call 020 7527 4990 or email email@example.com.
Check what government support you're entitled to through the Help for Households campaign.
Help paying your rent
Help paying your council tax
Free advice about money
Talk to our team
Our income maximisation team (IMAX) can help and advise you on getting the most money possible in your circumstances. We provide advice and support with benefits and tax credits to ensure you get the correct money. Call 020 7527 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Money Adviser Network
If you are in debt, you can get support from the Money Adviser Network (MAN), to access free confidential and independent debt advice.
Help with childcare costs
All three and four year olds, and some two year olds, in Islington can get free early education or childcare, usually 15 hours a week for 38 weeks of the year. Some working families can get up to 30 hours a week of free childcare for their three and four year olds. Find out how to get help paying for childcare; or contact Islington’s Family Information Service, 020 7527 5959; email@example.com.
We may also be able to help with a childcare bursary if you are starting work, a work placement, or short-term training. Find out about the childcare bursary.
Help with costs for under 5s
Help to buy healthy food
If you are on income support and are pregnant or have a child under the age of 4, or you are under 18 and pregnant, you may be eligible to receive a Healthy Start prepaid card. Healthy Start payments can be used to buy milk, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables, beans and pulses, and infant formula.
If you are eligible, the Healthy Start card can give you:
£4.25 each week of your pregnancy (from the 10th week of your pregnancy)
£8.50 each week for children from birth to 1 year old
£4.25 each week for children between 1 and 4 years old
Find out more about the Healthy Start Scheme
Our energy advice website can give you lots of useful advice to help you save money on your energy bills.
Budgeting loans and advances
Budgeting loans can help you pay for essential things like rent, furniture, clothes or hire purchase debts. The smallest amount you can borrow is £100.
These loans are:
- interest free so you only pay back what you borrow
- usually repayable within two years
- available if you’ve been getting income-related benefits for the past six months
Find out more on GOV.UK or visit your local Jobcentre Plus office.
If you get Universal Credit, you can apply for a budgeting advance instead from your local Jobcentre Plus. The budgeting advance is a loan – you will have monthly repayments taken directly from your Universal Credit payments, and will need to plan for a reduced income while you are paying the loan back.
Short term benefit advances
If you’re making a new benefit claim and you need financial help before you get your first payment, or your situation has changed and your benefits will increase, you can apply for an advance.
They are available if you claim any contribution - or income-based social security benefit, including Universal Credit. You’ll be paid either on the same day or the next day.
The Advance payment is a loan – you will have monthly repayments taken directly from your Universal Credit payments, and will need to plan for a reduced income while you are paying the loan back.
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Help with costs at school
We offer financial support to help with the cost of childcare and grants for families with school-age children and young people.
If your benefit has been cut or reduced because of a sanction or penalty, then you may be able to get a hardship payment if you are suffering financial hardship and are in a vulnerable group.
This could be if you have children in your household or a health problem. To request a hardship payment you need to check with your local Jobcentre Plus office.
Resident Support Scheme (RSS)
If you are facing extreme hardship, and cannot receive a budgeting loan or advance, a short-term advance or hardship payment, read more about how the Resident Support Scheme (RSS) may be able to help you.
The London Capital Credit Union is a savings and loans co-operative that offers low interest loans. Their aim is to promote saving and help those dealing with debt. If you are struggling with debt they have saver loans which allocate part of the repayment to your own savings account, meaning that as the loan is paid off you accumulate savings. This allows you to build savings and prevent future borrowing. They also offer financial advice and can guide you through financial decision making.
Find out more at the London Capital Credit Union website.
Help to Save
Find out more on GOV.UK