Managing your money and dealing with debt

Money, debt and back to work advice for council tenants

If you're a council tenant and you're having trouble paying bills or dealing with credit cards and loans, you can get help to manage your money. We're here to help you make the most of your money and avoid rent arrears, council tax arrears and all those other debts that can so easily build up.

Money and debt advice

We can:
  • make sure you're getting the correct welfare benefits
  • review the money coming in and money going out of your account
  • help you reduce the money going out
  • help you prioritise payments for essential bills such as rent, council tax, gas, electricity and water 
  • help you fill in claim forms if you're vulnerable
  • act on your behalf to ask for Housing Benefit backdates, reviews and appeals
  • help you negotiate with creditors 
  • advise you on affordable financial products and services
  • offer you budgeting and money advice workshops with support and aftercare
  • give you information on utility providers and help you switch to a better deal
  • talk you through energy saving options and grants to help you save money

To get help, just contact your Income Recovery Officer and ask to be referred to the Financial Inclusion Team, or email us directly.

Help get back to work 

Free courses and computer access

Kingston Adult Education run free courses in GCSE Maths and free GCSE English. 

Learn my way offers free online courses to help with job hunting, computer skills, literacy and money management. 

Our libraries run free courses in computing skills, improving your English and more. They also have free wifi and computers for public use with internet access. Find out more about library events and library branches.

Free workshops

We can also help you get a job or gain work experience. We're running workshops in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions. If you attend one of our workshops you'll learn:

  • how to prepare for work
  • where you can get further help to get back into work

Just contact the Financial Inclusion Team now to register for a workshop.