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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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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,

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, August 13, 2012
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