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Managing your money

Don't forget - if you are struggling with your bills, especially your rent, then talk to us as soon as possible. Your Income Management Officer can help you to work out a budget for your household and how to check if you may be eligible for any benefits you are not claiming.

  • Contact us on 020 8489 5611.

Remember - if you don't keep up your rent payments you risk losing your home. Find out more about what to do if you are struggling with your rent payments.  We may be able to offer a free workshop or an individual interview to help you work out how to manage your money. 

The Citizens Advice Bureau has a telephone advice line on 0300 330 1187 and specialist advisers around Haringey and a wide range of online advice at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/haringey.

Reducing your energy bills

Download our factsheet below on how to keep your energy bills low.

Homes for Haringey has linked up with Project LEAP(Local Energy Advice Programme). They offer a free service, fully funded by major energy providers as part of the warm home energy discount scheme, and will visit eligible tenants and leaseholders in their home. They provide simple energy saving measures, e.g. energy saving light bulbs, draught excluders etc and an energy monitor together with advice on how to save energy in your home. They can help you find the cheapest supplier and switch to them, and offer referrals to IncomeMax, a specialist benefits and debt adviser service, and to other local services.   

If you want to get a clear idea about how much electricity you use at home, you should get a smart meter.  With this your energy supplier will provide an energy monitor free of charge.

Edgecot Grove resident, Yvonne Denny, put the energy monitor to the test to find out about her electricity use at home. "The electricity monitor has made the whole family look at the way we use electricity and made us realise where we waste money. I've also learnt how to read my electricity dial meter correctly, and we've had a rebate of £136.43! This is great news."

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Managing your money factsheets

Download our factsheets on the following topics:

Factsheet #1: Opening a bank account (pdf)
Factsheet #2: Taking control of your finances (pdf)
Factsheet #3: Keeping your energy bills low (pdf)
Factsheet #4: Switching energy suppliers (pdf)
Factsheet #5: Dealing with debt (pdf)
Factsheet #6: Moving to a smaller home (pdf)
Factsheet #7: Taking in a lodger (pdf)

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Organisations that can help you

You will find plenty of useful tips and online tools from a number of organisations specialising in helping you manage your money better. They are:

  • Money Advice Service (external link)
    The Money Advice Service provides comprehensive, independent and impartial advice on money-related issues and financial products. You can also call them on 0300 500 5000.

  • Citizens Advice (external link)
    Call our Financial Inclusion team on 020 8489 5611 if you would like a referral to a local CAB adviser. Or you can consult the Citizens Advice's online self-help site Advice Guide.

  • National Debtline (external link)
    The National Debtline is a national telephone helpline for people with debt problems. Their service is free, confidential and independent. They have very informative factsheet about debt-related and budget management topics. The National Debtline also offers step-by-step online advice on their dedicated My Money Steps site (external link).

  • GOV.UK (external link) The online government services and information portal is your gateway to find out all about benefits and tax issues.
  • Financial Conduct Authority (external link)
  • The Financial Conduct Authority has useful information about consumer rights, advice about financial products and institutions and updates on money making scams.

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Page Last Updated:

16 August 2017