Debt and money advice

Money issues can be difficult if you don’t understand how things work or you need advice and don’t know where to go. The links below can help you plan better or get help if things are going wrong. If you are getting into debt, take action before your situation gets worse. You’ll find guidance on what to do on the Citizens Advice website, for instance. Also you can find information on benefits that you may be eligible for.

Local help

Citizens Advice offers free general advice and help with case work on welfare benefits, housing and debt as well as general help on family law, consumer issues, employment, personal injury, immigration and other legal issues.

Our libraries, Mottingham Community and Learning Shop and Cotmandene Community Resource Centre may be able to signpost you to further advice.

Lewisham Plus Credit Union Ltd
A financial co-operative run for the benefit of people living or working in SE19, SE20, SE26, BR1 and BR3. The credit union encourages savings and provides lower cost loans. Telephone:  020 8778 4738

Bromley Borough Foodbank - Provides food and support to people experiencing crisis in the borough.

Benefits grants and allowances

Information about  the different benefits and allowances  and grants available, including council tax, housing benefit, depending on your needs and your circumstances.

The GOV.UK website provides information about carers and disability benefits that are available. Find out more on the GOV.UK website


If you have been made redundant or are facing redundancy there is a range of help available to you.

General advice

Advice Guide website
The main public information service of Citizens Advice, providing people with round-the-clock access to CAB information on their rights - including benefits, housing and employment, debt and consumer and legal issues.

The website of the UK government providing information and online services for the public. The website includes advice on;

National Debt line and website 0808 808 4000  The helpline and website provide free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.

The Money Advice Service provides specific advice and support around a range of money issues, including redundancy, retirement and divorce.  It also offers free information sessions and an online money health check to help people manage their finances better

Money saving advice

  • There are several grants and discount schemes available to homeowners in Bromley.
  • Take advantage of the free internet service available at Bromley Libraries.
  • Our Sports and Leisure Centres  can be used on a play and pay basis and may offer cheaper alternatives to the private sector.
  • Citizen's advice consumer helpline -  provides practical consumer advice including money, credit and buying advice.
  • Re-assess your incomings and outgoings. This does not just have to include mortgages, loans and credit cards, cutting down on things such as utility bills can also make a considerable difference.
  • There are price comparison websites that can help you assess everything from mortgage rates to supermarket shopping to see that you are getting the best deals.
  • Prioritise your bills