Problems paying your rent?
If you get behind with paying your rent and are having difficulty catching up, we can work with you and agree an affordable repayment plan to get you back on track and secure your home.
If you are having ongoing difficulties, we can help you by giving you confidential advice and discussing a referral to our Debt Advice service, who will help you.
For more information and to discuss your rent account, please contact the Income Team on 0300 123 6633.
Debt, benefit and money advice
The Welfare Support Service is the first point of contact for money advice in South Tyneside.
The service provides debt, benefit and money advice on the phone, in your local area or if necessary, in your home.
The service is free, impartial and confidential. It is open to everyone living in South Tyneside including social renters, private renters and home owners.
The Welfare Support Service can help you if you need:
- Benefit advice and support with applications and appeals
- Debt advice, including bankruptcy and debt relief orders
- Advice on whether you will be better off in work
- Support with budgeting
- Help preparing for Universal Credit
- Help with the impact of the Bedroom Tax
- Help with the impact of the Benefit Cap
To make a Welfare Support enquiry visit South Tyneside Council: Welfare Support Service.
The Money Advice Service has free online tools to help improve your finances.
Are you getting Universal Credit? Make the most of your payments with the Money Advice Service's free Money Manager tool.
Want to keep track of your spending and find ways to save? Try the Money Advice Service's free Budget Planner. The Budget Planner puts you in control of your household spending and analyses your results to help you take control of your money. It's already helped hundreds of thousands of people.
Don't know where you stand with your money? Try a free Money Health Check to give you a clearer picture of your finances. The Money Health Check gives you a personal action plan to help you improve your finances with simple tasks and tips that you can start using today.
Savings and affordable loans
South Tyneside Council and South Tyneside Homes work closely with our local credit union, First for Money, to promote saving and affordable loans.
The credit union is not a bank but a not for profit organisation owned by the members and working for the benefit of members.
First for Money is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and all savings are fully secure up to a value of £85,000 and loans have free insurance.
Find out more at firstformoney.co.uk.
Help to Save scheme
Help to Save is a Government saving scheme to support working people on tax credits and Universal Credit build their savings.
You can save between £1 and £50 each calendar month. You do not have to pay money in every month.
Find out more at South Tyneside Council: Help to Save scheme
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