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Debt Loan for Bad Credit

We're experts at dealing with bad credit and free advice on debt loans and money advice as a registered money advice charity in the UK.


When debts are mounting and money problems seem to be caving in, what options are there? A debt loan can be one way to deal with debt, but if you have a bad credit what are your options? Who will lend you money and at what interest rate?

Take a deep breath and don't panic. It's important to take things step by step.



Option 1: Get a loan to deal with bad debt?

To help get a loan for bad credit follow our step by step plan.

Step 1: If you have applied for credit before but been rejected, do you definitely know it's because of your credit rating? If not, then get your 30 day free credit report trial from Creditexpert.com. This will tell you what your credit score is. Make sure everything on your credit report is accurate as errors could be stopping you getting a loan.

Step 2: Next, ask yourself what you need the loan for and how much you need. If you need the loan because you are in debt, perhaps option 2 would be better, instead of a debt loan for bad credit. If you're debt free and you're rebuilding your credit history then step 3 could help.

Step 3: Visit a comparison website for available loans. Most comparison websites will have a range of credit available for different people. People with an excellent credit file will be offered credit at the lowest interest rate as they are the least risky.

Remember, credit at a high interest rate will mean it will be more costly to repay the loan. However, continual borrowing of credit and repaying the debt will improve your credit file over time.


Option 2: Get Debt Help to Deal With Bad Credit?

If you are in debt and would like a loan to deal with your debt, then this advice and support can be provided by Debt Support Trust. It can often be difficult to obtain credit with a bad credit file but we can explain your options.

You should check your credit file as it could hold information which is inaccurate and in turn is making obtaining a loan more difficult than it needs to be.

Debt Consolidation Loans

A popular solution to debt, especially for people struggling with interest rates and charges, was a debt consolidation loan. These debt consolidation loans would help somebody who was paying multiple rates of interest, pay one affordable monthly payment towards their debt every month. This meant their monthly contractual payments to debt were more affordable.

However, obtaining a credit loan when the debt problems are severe can be difficult. So we advise seeking professional debt help from a registered charity. A charity will explain if a debt consolidation loan could be possible or whether a debt solution would be required.

Debt Solutions

There are a number of debt solutions which could help a person become debt free and these should always be considered for people in debt and struggling financially. Some of the debt solutions will:

  1. Freeze interest and charges
  2. Allow for one monthly payment to one company
  3. Stop creditors from calling and demanding payment
  4. Help a person to be debt free after a certain amount of time

These benefits are similar to those benefits of a debt consolidation loan, in terms of helping a person make affordable payments and become debt free. However, with debt solutions there is no debt loan involved.


Charity Debt Loan Advice

At Debt Support Trust we are a registered debt advice charity. We give a wide range of debt and money advice. Most importantly, we want to help people become debt free and live a life without money worries.

The first step to become debt free for anybody is to call and ask about the debt solutions available. A friendly Debt Support Trust volunteer will help take down the necessary information to get the process started.

To call Debt Support Trust please telephone 0800 085 0226.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Reduce My Debt

Every month when you open your credit statements and see the outstanding bill increase do you ask yourself, "How do I reduce my debt"? If so, you're not alone. Most people we speak to want to reduce their debt or even write off a percentage.

A debt solution can help you to become debt free and with a charity like Debt Support Trust we are focussed on helping you reduce your debt.

We want to see everybody become debt free. It all starts with a call to Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226.

How Do I Reduce My Debt?

The first stage in trying to deal with debt is to seek professional help. We all turn to different people so it may be that you speak to a friend, family member or come directly to a charity like Debt Support Trust.

Our advice is free and impartial. Anything you tell us is confidential and we will not share your details with anybody else.

Before we can help you to reduce your level of debt we need to understand how severe the debt problem is. We ask a couple questions about your situation, who you owe money to and whether you can afford to repay anything towards your debt.

This question and answer stage helps our qualified volunteers determine which solutions would be best for you. Once we know a little about your personal and financial situation we explain all of the available debt solutions and what the benefits and negatives are.

Debt is never as scary as it seems when you have a qualified advisor on your side helping you.

Debt Solutions to Reduce Debt

There are various debt solutions which will help you to reduce your debt, or stop the debt from growing. We look at each of these debt solutions and explain how they can help lower your debt level or reduce your interest.

Debt Management: The debt management plan requires you to repay all of your debt but in this solution your creditors may freeze or reduce your interest and charges to help you repay the money you borrowed.

IVA: Within an IVA you will be asked to make a monthly payment towards your debt, usually for 5 years. At the end of the solution all interest, charges and outstanding debt will be written off.

Trust Deed: In Scotland, a Trust Deed will help a person write off the debt they cannot afford at the end of the solution, along with the interest and charges.

Bankruptcy: You may be asked to pay into your bankruptcy for three years, however, at the end of the solution all interest, charges and outstanding debt is cleared and you are debt free.

Each of these debt solutions will have negative points too, which should be considered fully before deciding on the appropriate solution. For instance, your credit rating will be affected for 6 years.

Getting Debt Help to Become Debt Free

Debt charities can help advise you impartially on the money solutions which will enable you to resolve your debt problem. Some of these could freeze your interest and charges or even see a proportion of your debt written off at the end of the solution.

Usually you will be able to choose from a couple of debt solutions and the choice will be entirely your decision.

If you want telephone debt advice from a registered charity you can telephone Debt Support Trust for free on 0800 085 0226.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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Debt Advisory Centre

Debt advice over a telephone can often be easier for people looking to take that first step to deal with their money worries. So, at Debt Support Trust, our registered charity provides free money and debt advice over the telephone.

Our trained debt advisory centre help people across the UK and our advice is 100% confidential. The telephone lines are open from 8am to 7pm. There's no need to make an appointment, simply pick up the telephone, dial 0800 085 0226 and we'll do the rest.

Debt Advisory Centre for Money Problems

There are lots of ways to get debt advice if you have money problems, but we believe a free debt advice service, such as one offered by a charity, is the most impartial and independent route to get debt help.

There are other options, such as telephoning a debt advisory centre advertising on TV, radio or on the internet, but these companies may charge you a fee for their help.

Debt Support Trust exists to help people worried about debt and who find their lives are impacted by the effects of debt. Often the problems associated with debt start small, such as being a little stressed about money but this can lead to other problems with family and friends.

Our debt advice line can be accessed immediately. You do not have to take the help or advice offered by Debt Support Trust, the decision is entirely yours.  Speak to somebody about your problem is a step in the right direction to becoming debt free - you don't even have to give us your name if you don't want to.

Best Debt Advisory Help

Seeking debt help from a debt advisory centre can take 30 minutes and give you the guidance and support you need to become debt free.

Once we understand the debt solutions which you are applicable for our telephone advisor will explain the pros and cons of each debt solution, specifically for your situation.  You are then empowered to make an informed decision about your debt solution.

When you have decided which solution you wish to proceed with you can either find your own company to help or speak to one of the companies we recommend based on previous users experiences.

Debt Advisory Line

Contact our debt advisory line today for free and impartial debt help from a registered money advice charity.

Our helpline charity is open from 8am until 7pm Monday to Friday. To contact our debt advisory centre call 0800 085 0226 or complete a debt analyser form and we'll call you back.

Monday, October 22, 2012
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Free Debt Management Advice

Debt management plans can have you debt free by making one monthly payment to one company each month and attempting to get your interest and charges frozen.

Debt Support Trust is a free debt advice charity helping people with their debt problems via the telephone and internet.

A debt management plan is a unique debt solution which is suitable for some people with debt which they can't afford to repay. The debt management plan will enable you to repay your debt over a longer than originally agreed period and you could even have your interest and charges frozen.

Best Debt Management Plan

There are different debt management plans offered by lots of companies but we believe the best debt management plan is the free debt management. The level of service is excellent and it will have you debt free quicker than other options.


If a debt management plan is suitable for you then you'll be asked to make a monthly payment to one company. The company offering a debt management plan will attempt to get your interest and charges frozen so that when you make your monthly payments you're paying off your debt.

To check if a debt management plan is right for you take our debt analyser test for a quick answer.


Or, you can call us on 0800 085 0226 for free, confidential advice.

Different Debt Management Plan Options

There are different debt management plan options: free or for-profit. As a charity we always recommend the free debt management options as they will have you debt free quicker than the for profit debt management plans.

A for profit debt management plan would charge you a fee for managing the debt solution, whereas there are free options which don't charge you. Instead, the free debt management company would get their money from your creditors for managing your debt solution.

If you would like to check whether you qualify for a debt management plan then complete our debt analyser today for quick advice.


Quick Facts about Debt Management

There are positives and negatives to the debt management solution which you should consider before entering the solution but a qualified debt advisor within Debt Support Trust can help you understand these.

Some facts on debt management are below to help you:

  • A debt management plan lasts until all of the debt is repaid
  • Your house or other assets are no considered
  • If you have debt over £5,000 you could enter a debt management plan
  • A debt management plan would affect your credit file for 6 years

Debt Advice Debt Management

Debt management is just one available solution to debt. There are others like a Trust Deed, bankruptcy, IVA and debt arrangement scheme. There may even be a couple of debt solutions available too.

At Debt Support Trust we give you all your options so you can make an informed decision.

Call us today for free advice on 0800 085 0226.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
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Free Bankruptcy Advice

A route to resolving serious debt problems is to go bankrupt and for thousands of people, that is the choice they make every year. At Debt Support Trust, we are a registered charity with volunteers and qualified advisors on hand to provide support and assistance to people who wish to go bankrupt.

Our advice and help is free for people living in the UK. You can contact us on 0800 085 0226 to discuss bankruptcy and receive impartial bankruptcy advice for anybody struggling with debt in the UK.

What Does Bankruptcy Advice Involve?

When you speak to somebody about bankruptcy you will be making the first step along the journey to become debt free. It's an important step and often the hardest. But, friends and family, along with debt advice charities will be here to help.

Firstly, a free charity advisor will want to check that bankruptcy is the right solution for you. Entering bankruptcy could mean losing your house, if your property is mortgaged, so it's important to speak to a charity for free bankruptcy advice.

Some companies charge to provide debt advice but with a registered money advice charity all bankruptcy help is free.

Once your personal and financial situation has been established a debt advisor will explain what debt solutions exist for you. The advisor will explain the positives and negatives of the solution and make sure you are fully aware of the process. This is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions which you may have.

Advice about bankruptcy is free from a registered debt advice charity.  You can seek free face to face bankruptcy help from your local Citizens Advice Bureau or call Debt Support Trust for telephone debt help on 0800 085 0226.

Who Should You Get Free Bankruptcy Advice From?

You can get bankruptcy help from for-profit companies or from charities. All charities will provide free bankruptcy help. For profit companies will possibly charge a fee to help you enter bankruptcy.

Any advice you receive from our debt charity will not only be free but it will be 100% confidential.

How Long Does It Take To Get Free Bankruptcy Advice?

With Debt Support Trust you can telephone us for bankruptcy help immediately. Our advisors work from 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday. You can also get advice via email on contact@debtsupporttrust.org.uk. We aim to respond to you within 24 hours on week days.

Help Going Bankrupt

The first step is asking for debt help. Depending on your situation there may be a number of debt solutions available to choose from. Speak to a friendly, trained advisor today about your debt problem on 0800 085 0226.

Friday, October 12, 2012
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Debt Free Helpline

Deciding where to turn when in debt is a difficult decision. Often people choose a debt advice helpline to call because they can remain relatively anonymous.

At Debt Support Trust we are a registered money advice charity with expert advisors and supportive volunteers on hand to help people become debt free. Our helpline is open to people living in the UK and offers the confidentiality and free debt help people require. debthelpline

The debt free charity helpline is open from 8am until 7pm Monday to Friday.

The Debt Helpline

Our debt helpline is a national support. We provide people in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland with debt help solutions to support them in becoming debt free.

The advisors and volunteers at Debt Support Trust are fully trained on the different debt solutions, which will depend on where in the UK you reside.

The supportive nature of our volunteers and their experience in providing the best debt advice ensures anybody with a debt problem can trust Debt Support Trust.

Debt solutions which are commonly discussed within our debt advice helpline are:

  • Debt management
  • IVA
  • Protected Trust Deed
  • Bankruptcy

We explain every possible debt solution to you over the phone and supply you with the pros and cons for your specific situation. This enables you to make an informed decision about your debts.

Our telephone helpline team are always available to help, before, during and after your debt solution. You can trust Debt Support Trust to help.

Charity Debt Line

Our charity debt line can be reached on 0800 085 0226 or you can complete a free debt analyser to receive online debt advice.


For a friendly chat with Debt Support Trust please give us a call on 0800 085 0226 between 8am and 7pm Monday to Friday. You can also leave us a message out with these hours and we will gladly give you a call back.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012
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Where to go for debt advice

There are a variety of different organisations available to help you with your debt problems. You can choose whether you want a for profit company who will charge you for their service or a not for profit organisation like Debt Support Trust.woman_telephone_debt1

Where to go for debt advice

We do not charge you for debt advice and any conversation with Debt Support Trust is completely confidential.

As a debt advice charity our advice is completely free, independent and impartial. If you are wondering where to go for debt advice then we would always advise speaking to a debt advice charity. Other debt companies may charge you for the service or debt solution, which Debt Support Trust does not do.

There are a number of different debt solutions available and the specific debt solution suitable for you will depend on your personal and financial situation.  Some of the debt solutions you may be suitable for include:

  • Debt Management Plan
  • Debt Arrangement Scheme
  • IVA
  • Protected Trust Deed
  • Bankruptcy

These debt solutions all have positives and negatives which you should be aware of. Each debt solution will have an impact on your credit file, assets, disposable income and the length of time before you are debt free. A qualified debt advisor will be able to explain specifically what these debt solutions will mean for you.

Face to face or Telephone debt advice

At Debt Support Trust we understand that some people prefer face to face debt advice, which is something we are not able to provide. As a result, if you would prefer face to face debt advice we recommend speaking to your local Citizens Advice Bureau for free and impartial debt advice on a face to face basis.

If you would like immediate telephone advice then Debt Support Trust is here to help. You can pick up the telephone and get debt advice on 0800 085 0226. If you would prefer to get debt advice online then try the Debt Support Trust debt test which gives you an answer on what debt solution would be best.


There are positives and negatives with both face to face and telephone debt advice, so it's up to you which you would prefer.

Get free debt advice for a debt problem

It can be worrying where to get debt advice, but there are always options available. Debt Support Trust is always here to provide debt support and advice.

Should you decide on telephone debt advice please call Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226. Our qualified debt advisors and supportive volunteers are available between 8am and 7pm Monday to Friday to provide immediate debt help.


Tuesday, October 02, 2012
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Bankruptcy Expert

When you feel like your debt problems are mounting you may be searching for a bankruptcy expert to help. Look no further than Debt Support Trust.

Debt Support Trust is a registered debt advice charity providing independent, impartial and free debt advice.

It's our responsibility to ensure you have every debt appropriate debt solution to choose from. So, if you think you're bankrupt then a qualified expert will be happy to explain the process, as well as any other debt solution which you may qualify for.

Having the information for each debt solution is stage one is becoming debt free. You can call a bankruptcy specialist from Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226.


Charity Bankruptcy Expert

When you call our debt advice team we immediately try to put you at ease. We need to understand your personal and financial situation. For example, do you own a house? Are you working full time? Do you have a car? The questions we ask help our debt expert understand your situation.

Once our charity advisors have gathered the appropriate information they will determine which debt solutions would be most applicable for you. Our advisors are experts in providing the most accurate advice on each debt solution. If bankruptcy is a suitable solution this will be explained in full. We discuss the benefits and negatives of bankruptcy and our experts will cover the process and costs as well.

In many cases, people are suitable for more than one debt solution. Often there are two or three debt solutions. This means you will have a choice on which debt solution to proceed with. There are benefits and negatives to each which should be fully explained so you are completely informed.

It's our responsibility at Debt Support Trust to provide you with this information so you can decide which route to proceed with. Once you decide a Debt Support Trust debt expert will guide you through the process so you are never alone.

Bankruptcy Specialist

If you think bankruptcy is the right debt solution for you, or you're just not sure, then you can trust Debt Support Trust to help. As a registered debt advice charity we want to help you to become debt free. From our bankruptcy specialists to our debt management experts we're all here to help you.

If you want to avoid bankruptcy we can also help explore options to help you do that too. There are lots of debt solutions and we will do our best to help you with your debt problems.

Debt Support Trust is a not for profit debt advice charity. Any conversation you have with any of our advisors is confidential, impartial and honest.

Help with Bankruptcy

If you need bankruptcy help please don't struggle alone. Debt Support Trust is here to help you with your bankruptcy questions. Our bankruptcy experts are available to talk through the pros and cons of bankruptcy, the process and what it will mean specifically for you.

You can contact Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226 or complete our debt analyser to provide you with an idea of the best debt solution for you.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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In Debt: Changes to Energy Debt

New measures released by industry regulator, Ofgem, means that customers on a pre-paid meter who owe their energy supplier as much as £500 can switch energy supplier.

At the moment, if you owe your energy supplier £200 or less then you can move to a new company, however with the amount of arrears typically exceeding this level, Ofgem has amended the rules.

Gas and Electricity Debt

A high percentage of people supported at Debt Support Trust owe money to their gas and electricity supplier and it means often people are living in fuel poverty.

At Debt Support Trust, we believe that the most impoverished people in society were tied to an energy supplier and being charged higher rates for fuel because of their arrears. The person in debt had no choice but to accept this because of the arrears. This made cutting the ties between energy supplier and client very difficult.

The news means people with debt over £200 to the energy supplier but under £500 can now switch energy supplier to a cheaper deal. The indebted individual isn't getting away without paying the money, but they will be in a better position to repay the debt because of the money they are able to save on their fuel bills.

Number of people on Pre-Paid Meters

Ofgem has said there are 320,000 gas and 315,000 electricity customers who are on pre-paid meters because their owe money to their energy supplier.

A pre-paid meter is installed when the energy supplied is owed money. This was used for the energy provider to reclaim the money they were owed. The price of the fuel is higher than normal so the energy company can recoup the money they are due.

However, this solutions doesn't encourage people to get back out of debt and instead often people are left in fuel poverty because they are part of the 'can't pay society'.

Monday, September 24, 2012
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Co-op Bank Accounts for Bankrupts

The Co-operative bank has decided to withdraw its free bank account, the cashminder account, for people who are bankrupt.

The Co-operative bank account was one of two bank accounts available for people who were bankrupt. It was a free banking service which offered the standard online and telephone banking facilities. Most other banks would refuse anybody who was currently bankrupt a bank account.

Barclays is the only bank providing a standard bank account now.

In the past the only reason a person would not get a bank account with Co-Op or Barclays would be if they had a record of fraud.

When entering bankruptcy a person requires a fresh bank account with a creditor they don't owe money to. This means switching bank if necessary. However, the Co-Operative has stated they will no longer accept people who are bankrupt for their basic cashminder account.

What Happens If I Have A Co-Op Bank Account?

If you currently bank with the Co-Op and don't owe them any money then you will be able to retain this bank account. If you recently applied for a Co-op bank account with the intention of entering an insolvency solution, like bankruptcy, then you will be asked to find alternative banking arrangements within 30 days.

The Co-Operative has stated that they are unfairly supporting the free banking industry for all, while other banks are refusing to help the most indebted individuals receive free banking help.

30% of the 330,000 Co-Op cashminder customers have been through an insolvency solution.

How Do Bankrupt People Bank?

Owning a bank account is essential in today's society. We need bank accounts to pay for shopping, receive our wages and for monthly direct debits.

People who are bankrupt and cannot get a free bank account are being forced to pay for a bank account. This can cost £20 per month, or a fee for every time money is withdrawn.

Seek Debt Help

You can seek debt help today from Debt Support Trust if you are struggling with a debt problem. We will advise you fully on the available debt solutions and the best ways to proceed.

You can contact Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226 or complete our debt analyser.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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