Money worry advice line

People with money worries are being urged to get help from Derbyshire County Council following a survey which revealed more than half of UK adults are struggling with their finances.

The Money Advice Service survey found that 52 per cent of the 5,000 people questioned said they were finding it difficult to keep up with bills and debt repayments – compared to 35 per cent in a similar study carried out in 2006.

It revealed that people are increasingly worried about making their money last until next payday, can’t afford to put money aside and are not able to deal with unexpected bills or financial emergencies.

To help residents deal with their concerns the council’s welfare benefits information and advice team is on hand to offer a range of services including free benefits checks. Trained staff can advise people about welfare benefits and tax credits and put them in touch with a wide range of organisations which can help with issues like housing, tax and loans. Derbyshire County Council’s benefits helpline is open from 11am to 4.30pm on 0845 120 2985 or 01629 531535 or email welfarebenefits@derbyshire.gov.uk

More advice is available at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/welfarerights