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Debt Problems: "Whirlpool of Mess"

We often receive very kind letters and telephone calls from people who were at first distraught about their debt situation, but had taken our advice and sorted out their money worries.

One woman who contacted us at the start of July was struggling to negotiate with her creditors. She contacted Debt Support Trust to ask for some advice as she was unsure how to proceed. The company wanted £100 per month and she couldn't afford it because she was struggling to find a job.

A Debt Support Trust advisor gathered some information and gave advice and support to help get the situation sorted. The creditor which was proving to be the most difficult was a catalogue debt, but after 6 weeks they have agreed to reduce the payment they requested from £100 per month to £5.

Telephone Call After Debt Advice

After providing the advice we like to follow up and make sure everything was satisfactory and people are not left on their own with their problems. The client was happy with our support and was waiting to hear back from her creditors.

We received a telephone call today to thank the people at Debt Support Trust for their support.

Stuart Carmichael, Chief Executive at Debt Support Trust said: "We appreciate receiving a thank you from a client we've helped. The volunteers and advisors at Debt Support Trust work very hard to look after everyone in debt and provide accurate and timely advice.

This client stood out to us because of the phrases she used to describe her problem. She said she was in a 'whirlpool of mess' which we managed to help her resolve."

Anybody looking for debt advice should contact a registered debt advice charity, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau or Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
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Steps to Become Debt Free

Everyday people telephone our charity, Debt Support Trust, asking for help to become debt free. The process will be different for every person. It will depend on a person's level of debt, what assets they own and how much they can afford, if anything, to repay towards their debt.

However, the positive news is that there is always a way to become debt free and live a life without personal debt problems.

Becoming debt free

The good news is you've already taken the first step to becoming debt free. You are on the website of Debt Support Trust, a registered debt advice charity, helping people across the UK.

You may have found our website from your local council, the Direct.gov website, your local NHS or via a number of other means. Whatever way you heard about Debt Support Trust, you've taken the first step and are reading about the solutions to debt.

Clearing my debt

Nobody ever wants to get into a debt problem. Often it advances month on month until the problem is too large to deal with anymore.

So, what we do at Debt Support Trust is understand a little about your situation. Are you married? Do you have children? Are you working? These are all important questions for our helpful debt advisors to guide you through the available debt solutions.

Once we understand a little about your personal and financial situation we can tell you exactly what solutions you are suitable for. Usually we can provide an exact length of time until you will be debt free. This is because most debt solutions are a fixed period of time. For the debt solutions which are not a fixed length of time, we will give you an estimated date of when you will be debt free.

Free of Debt at last

To finally get free of debt and get your finances on track you can take a positive step today. Speak to a registered authorised debt advice charity. There are plenty to choose from.

If you would prefer face to face advice, then your local Citizens Advice Bureau can offer expert help. If you would prefer telephone or internet based help then a friendly Debt Support Trust advisor would be happy to help you.

To start the process with Debt Support Trust you can:

Telephone: 0800 085 0226

Email: contact@debtsupporttrust.org.uk

Debt analyser: Complete a debt analyser and we will call you back if you so wish,


We exist at Debt Support Trust to help people to become debt free. It's never enjoyable worrying about debt, so take a positive step today and get debt free by speaking to a debt advice charity.

Monday, September 10, 2012
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Debt Consolidation Loan For Debt

It's not uncommon to apply for a debt consolidation loan for debt problems. It would often be simpler to have all debt in one place and pay one interest rate. Typically, it's quicker to manage because it's one payment per month, the costs involved are easier to understand and usually you will know when you will be debt free.

Debt Consolidation Loan For Debt

Debt consolidation loans was a popular solution to debt in the past when the availability of credit was far greater.

Today, banks and other lenders and less likely to lend money for the purpose of debt consolidation. While it would be an ideal solution to resolve debt problems, it can often be tricky to get a debt consolidation loan.

Tips for a Debt Consolidation Loan

To give yourself the best possible opportunity with your debt consolidation you should apply for your credit file first. Experian offer a free 30 day trial. Check your credit file to ensure it's accurate. If there are any anomolies have them removed by the credit reference agency.

Every time you apply for a debt consolidation loan it will leave a footprint on your credit file. This can negatively affect your ability to get credit if you have too many footprints on your file in a short space of time.

So, it's always best to apply for the credit you require or to search for lenders who specifically offer debt consolidation loans.

I Can't Get A Debt Consolidation Loan

If you are unsuccessful and can't obtain a debt consolidation loan then it's important you seek debt advice.  There are options available to you which can help you with similar benefits to the debt consolidation loan.

For example, some debt solutions enable you to make one monthly payment to one company. There are also some debt solutions which will guarantee to freeze interest and charges.

To ensure you are being provided full advice you should speak to a debt advice charity. You can contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for face to face advice or telephone 0800 085 0226 to speak to a Debt Support Trust advisor.

Our debt analyser could help you with an online debt solution:


Wednesday, September 05, 2012
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Bankruptcy Advice

Money problems can lead people to question whether bankruptcy is the right debt solution for them. In many case, bankruptcy advice is exactly what is required.

However, there can be other debt solutions which a person in debt is applicable for too. Getting complete debt advice from a registered debt advice charity is the best way to be sure you have all the facts so you can make an informed decision.

Bankruptcy Advice

When bankruptcy is the best debt solution an advisor at Debt Support Trust will explain the process of going bankrupt.

In some instances you may be able to enter a debt relief order to go bankrupt. A debt relief order is a cheaper route into bankruptcy and would cost you £90. To be applicable for a debt relief order your unsecured debt should be under £15,000. You should not have more than £50 left at the end of any given month, before you start to pay your debts.  You cannot own a property. Any assets should be worth £300 or less, unless it's a car which should be under the value of £1,000. You must be living in England, Wales or Northern Ireland can't have entered a debt relief order in the last six years.

If you meet these criteria then a debt advisor experienced in bankruptcy advice can help you with your DRO. A DRO will mean you don't have to go to court and the cost will be cheaper.

Should your debt be above £15,000, or you don't meet the DRO criteria for any other reason then bankruptcy would cost £700. You would need to go to your local court to submit your bankruptcy petition. However, it's essential you get qualified debt advice from a registered charity before proceeding.

Bankruptcy & Other Debt Solutions

There may be the possibility that other debt solutions are applicable. All debt solutions come with pros and cons but often people want to avoid the stigma associated with bankruptcy and will choose another route.

In bankruptcy, if you have spare disposable income then you will be asked to contribute this towards your debts for a total of three years. Other debt solutions allow you to avoid bankruptcy whilst repaying some, if not all, of your debt.

A debt management plan is a debt solution where you repay all of your debt, but over a longer than agreed period of time. The creditors will be asked to freeze interest and charges to enable you to repay your debt. Always choose a free debt management company and not a for profit company who would charge you fees.

An IVA is another debt solution you may consider. The IVA is a formal debt solution, usually lasting five years. You repay an affordable amount each month and at the end of the solution any interest, charges and outstanding debt is cleared. Remember, in an IVA your share of any equity from your property will be taken into account and may be required for the creditors.

Bankruptcy Debt Advice

Bankruptcy debt advice is available from Debt Support Trust. If you think bankruptcy is the best solution for you then get debt advice from a registered charity on 0800 085 0226 and we can help you along the process to become debt free.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
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Scotland Debt Problem, What Should I Do?

I Live In Scotland What Is The Best Way to Deal With My Debt?

It is in fact a good question because where you live does in actual fact make a difference to the options that are available to you. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the advice is different to people living in Scotland. If you need Scottish debt advice Debt Support Trust can help.

The important question is how you would prefer to get advice? If you prefer a face to face appointment then we recommend the Citizens Advice Bureau who provide an excellent free service. If you prefer to get advice from the comfort of your own home then we recommend giving us a call on 0800 085 0226 or by completing our debt analyser.


The first thing you must do is get free debt advice, nobody can tell you the best way to deal with your debt without being aware of your situation.

You will be asked about your income. This is all income coming into the home; wages, pensions, working tax credits, family allowance, income support, disability living allowance and unemployment benefit etc.

The next thing is to look at your monthly expenditure. This is all expenses that you occur on a monthly basis to live. This includes rent, mortgage, gas, electricity, food, clothes, petrol, home insurance, life insurance, mobile and land line phones, internet and TV packages. Also if you own a vehicle this information will be gathered too.

You may have other expenses I have not mentioned but they can be added as well.

To provide full and transparent advice your assets such as property, vehicles, endowment policy's etc will be considered.

Probably the hardest one to face is the debt but you will need to know who you owe money to, how much you owe and how much is your contractual payment each month.

Once a debt advisor has gained all this information he will be able to issue you with the best advice to suit your own personnel situation.

This can vary dramatically from benefit advice which will help change your current income making your debt more manageable to Sequestration (if you live in Scotland) Bankruptcy (for the rest of the UK). There is however many different options in between which you may be suitable for.

Whatever options are available to you make sure you are aware of all the pros and cons to each you must make sure you are aware of all the facts before making any decision.

Once you are fully aware of how to resolve your debt problem you are on the road to living a debt free life and this in itself can bring a whole new lease of life to you. The worst thing to do is not to face up to the situation and hope it will go away as the reality is it wont.

Friday, August 17, 2012
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Students Struggling with Debt

Students are well known for living on a small income and counting the pennies to afford the stereotypical baked beans on toast but recent research suggests students are facing increasingly harder times.

Research from the Bank of Scotland found that 15% of students didn't have enough money to afford their basic living expenses. A further 42% of people at Universities in Scotland were only just managing to pay their monthly living costs.

Any unexpected event which required disposable income would have been impossible for the majority of students.

Leaving University with Debt

After successfully completing and leaving University in 2012, students can often be guaranteed their qualification coupled with a large debt to repay. Only 21% of students expect to finish University with no debt.

The Union TUC has claimed that employment opportunities for young people have not been so disastrous since 1994.

While job hunting is difficult, it can become an added pressure for young people who also have unsecured debt to repay. Almost 40% of students completing their studies in Scotland will have more than £10,000 of unsecured debt to deal with.

In Scotland tuition fees are generally paid by the Government, which means the debt being accrued is not to the University, but to unsecured lenders like banks and credit card agencies.

Advice for Student Debt

Unsecured debt problems are one of the main reasons for stress. Money can cause many restless nights sleep and social problems with friends and family. Seek help before it becomes too severe.

You can get help and advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau face to face or you can telephone Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226 for confidential money advice.

You are under no obligation to follow our advice but we can help you with your creditors enabling you to focus on your studies or job hunting. You can take the first step today by completing our debt analyser form for online debt advice.


Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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Debt Problems: Where to Turn

A study by insolvency trade body R3 unveiled today that 28% of people living in the north-east believe their personal finances will improve in the next 6 months. The survey captures the negative feeling of people currently living in the UK.

While the North-east of England remains the most optimistic area in the UK for financial improvement, 88% of England, Scotland and Wales believe it will take far longer.

Over a quarter of people believe that the financial problems they face will get worse before they get better, with almost a third of people stating they have no savings left to fall back on should the hard times continue.

Diverse Debt Beliefs

The wide range of opinions surrounding when the personal finance credit crunch will subside are diverse. It means people are unsure how to plan for the future.

Over half of the people surveyed and living in the North-east, despite being the most optimistic region in the UK, are struggling to get to the end of the month. Food and fuel are the primary reasons why people are struggling and for these reasons it's understandable why payday loan companies are flourishing.

Dealing with Debt

People confirmed that they struggled to make ends meet and the cost of living was just too much. This coupled with meeting credit card and personal loan repayments each month, it started to become impossible to manage.

Dealing with debt can be challenging, especially when trying to juggle to costs of everyday life. Mounting debt and increasing interest can make it hard to know what to do for the best.

If you're struggling with debt and can't seem to make your money stretch to cover to essential expenditure and meet your contractual payments then contact a debt advice charity. Our advisors are experts at finding solutions to difficult problems.

Always remember, you are not alone. There are lots of debt charities out there to help you. You can contact Debt Support Trust on 0800 085 0226 or complete one of our debt analysers for help.


Monday, August 13, 2012
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I am in debt and need help

How do you start the conversation when asking for debt help? It's not something most people think about. But, for many, they are the hardest words to say.

At Debt Support Trust, a registered debt advice charity, we encounter lots of different ways by which people say they need help.

Undoubtedly, the first words are the hardest so some people say, "I am in debt and need help". This enables us to explain what we do and how we do it. Other people prefer to quickly explain what's happened and you can almost feel the weight come off their shoulders just by telling someone about their problem.

As soon as somebody informs Debt Support Trust they are in debt and need help we can get to work on finding the appropriate debt solutions for them. We explain the pros and cons of each solution and what the implications would be for things like your job, house and credit history.

Asking for Debt Help at a Charity

We make it as simple as possible at Debt Support Trust to ask for help. You can email us with a query, complete a debt analyser and ask us to call you back, or pick up the telephone and call 0800 085 0226 to speak with a friendly advisor.

Telephone: 0800 085 0226

Email: contact@debtsupporttrust.org.uk

Debt analyser: analyseyourdebt

The Best way to Ask for Debt Help

There really isn't a best way to ask for debt help, whichever is best for you is the most important fact. When you call, email or complete a debt analyser our debt advisors are trained and ready to listen so we can best help you with your debt problem.  We supply you with the necessary advice to become debt free and if you decide not to take our advice that's entirely your choice. There is no judgement or pressure from anybody.

So, don't worry about what you'll say or how you'll explain it all, because it's a friendly call with the ultimate goal of helping you become debt free.

Most importantly, just get the help you need and don't struggle with debt alone. Debt Support Trust is a registered debt advice charity open from 8am - 7pm Monday to Friday. Everything you tell us is completely confidential; we don't share your information with anybody else without your permission.

They may not be easy words, but "I am in debt and need help" is the start to becoming debt free.

Friday, August 10, 2012
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Fears about Interest Rates

Fears rise that the Bank of England will not cut interest rates, which would reduce lending.

Analysts predict that when the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meets on Thursday, the Bank of England will not cut interest rates to a historic low. Though there has been a worrying slump in lending by banks this will not be enough for them to cut the interest rates.

Figures out for June showed that the number of new mortgages approved were at their lowest level for 18 months and all forms of lending saw the smallest rise for two years. This has created fear that Britain could fall into an unprecedented 'triple-dip' recession.

There is no doubt the MPC will consider the benefits of cutting the interest rates to 0.25 per cent. The recovery seems further away than many people had predicted, and leading economists are warning that if Greek exit from the EU it could put the UK in financial chaos.

If the interest rates are cut analysts are concerned whether this will actually increase lending. Yes, mortgages and loans should be cheaper, however savings would not earn much interest and this could mean saver would be tempted not to bother putting their money into banks, this in turn could reduce the money they have available to lend.

Also a rates cut will reduce lenders existing assets making margins a lot less for them which will also hinder their ability to offer new loans.

UK and euro zone economist at Scotia bank Alan Clarke said 'The poor GDP data makes it hard for the Bank of England not to loosen monetary policy further.)'

'However, we judge that a further reduction in bank rate could backfire and hold back the creation of new mortgages. Hence we suspect that the further policy ease will be in the form of more quantitative easing (QE), not a cut in bank rate.'

The new £80billion 'funding for lending' scheme was aimed at kick-starting bank lending. At their July meeting the bank raised the notion that this could lessen the pressure about the impact of a rate cut.

Economist at Investec Philip Shaw said 'another QE boost was more likely and predicted a further £50billion in November when the current round is completed.

He said: 'we suspect for now the Bank will plough on with its primary stimulus tool, quantitative easing.'

Howard Archer at IHS Global said: 'The MPC indicated in the minutes of their July meeting that they had no plans to bring interest rates down from their current level of 0.5 per cent in the near term at least.'

In the Banks 318 year history if they did reduce the rate to 0.25 per cent it would be the lowest ever.

Home loans in June according to the banks own figures were 44,192 this was down from May which was 50,544 and the lowest level since December 2010.

The level was down 10 per cent on June last year, and they said it was 'exceptionally weak'. Different surveys have shown that consumer confidence is at rock bottom, and there is a big slow down on sales in the high street.

An economist at investment bank Citi Michael Saunders said the data 'looks like a precursor to continued economic stagnation rather than recovery'.


Wednesday, August 01, 2012
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Get Out of Debt Free

When struggling to manage a debt problem, it's not uncommon to ask "How can I get out of debt free".

We explore how you can become debt free and what options exist to minimise the amount of money you have to pay.

Debt Advice

Debt advice can often be free. Many organisations which operate a for-profit debt advice service will ask for a payment for providing debt advice. However, other services exist.

Your local Citizens Advice Bureau can provide free face to face debt advice. Alternatively, Debt Support Trust provides a free telephone based debt advice service which you can access on 0800 085 0226.

Charities do not charge for their services and will not ask you to make any payments or donations.

The information you provide a charity is free, confidential and impartial, which is why speaking to a charity is often the best solution to a debt problem.


Debt Solutions

While many debt advice charities will offer free debt advice, they will not be able to supply a free debt solution. It's important you are aware that some debt solutions will cost money, however many will not.

Negotiating with creditors

When you negotiate with creditors this is one solution to debt which will not incur a fee or charge. This can be a good option if your unsecured debts, such as credit cards, personal loans and overdraft debts are below £5,000.

Debt Management Plan

There are hundreds of debt management providers in the UK and the majority charge. However, there are some free organisations which will not charge you for setting up a debt management plan. This means you will be debt free quicker.

IVA and Protected Trust Deed

An insolvency solution, like an IVA or Protected Trust Deed (Scotland only) requires a licenced insolvency practitioner. These insolvency practitioners have staff producing proposals and contacting creditors. Any IVA or Trust Deed will come with fees attached. The fees are not paid directly by you, but do come from money which you have repaid each month. This means less money is returned to your creditors because the Insolvency company takes their share from the money first.

Becoming Debt Free Advice

Advice on becoming debt free is available from a free debt advice charity like Debt Support Trust. If you would like debt help, please telephone 0800 085 0226 or complete a confidential debt analyser.


Wednesday, August 01, 2012
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