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This page contains web links about money matters like savings and debt, tax, pensions and benefits; and also about how to find an approved trader and trading standards. If you click on the highlighted words, then you will connect to the website described. To get back to this page, you will need to use the 'back' button your browser, which is the arrow pointing backwards in the top left hand corner.

MONEY, TAX AND BENEFITS: This website is run as part of the 'Direct Gov' scheme, where the UK government provides information directly to the public, based on having relevant information in one place. Here you can find information about benefits and financial support, tax cedits and child benefits, managing money, taxes, pensions and retirement, and managing debt. It also has links to pages about council tax, money abroad, and death and bereavement.

TAX HELP FOR OLDER PEOPLE: Many older people pay too much tax, especially as a result of having income from multiple sources and not reclaiming tax.  This website offers tax help to older people.  The issue has been reported on by the National Audit Office.  Click here to read the National Audit Office Report

HELPFUL INFORMATION FROM THE FINANCIAL SERVICES AUTHORITY: This website is run by the Financial Services Agency in the UK, which has been set up by the government to provide impartial information about money and money matters to all people. Here you can find information about everyday money, cards and loans, mortgages and repayments, insurance, pensions and retirement, savings and investments, tax and benefits, and money news.

PENSIONS SERVICE: This UK Government website provides information about pensions (private and state pensions) and pensioner benefits, for those planning for the future, about to retire or already retired. The pension service is also responsible for delivering Pension Credit, the main means tested benefit for pensioners.

TAXATION: This is the website of HM Revenue and Customs, which contains information about the taxand national insurance system in the UK. It has web pages specially written for pensioners.

PENSIONS: This is a web page about pensions with information provided from H M Revenute and Customs, covering issues about your pensions and national insurance in the UK whether you are pre- or post- retirment.

PENSION CREDIT:These are the pages on the Pension Service website (see above) which tell you all about pension credit, the main means tested benefit for pensioners, and give you information about how you can claim.

APPROVED TRADERS: This webpage is run by TrustMark, which is a government-backed initiative that helps householders find reliable and trustworthy tradespersons to carry out repairs and improvements to their homes. The scheme is supported by the government, the building industry and consumer protection organisations.

CONSUMER DIRECT:  This website tells you about goods and services, your rights, and consumer issues.  Consumer Direct is a government-funded telephone and online service offering information and advice on consumer issues.

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELLING SERVICE: CCCS is a registered charity offering free, confidential advice and support to anyone who is worried about debt.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU: The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers. This website offers an online information service, as well as a search facility to find your nearest Citizen's Advice office

NATIONAL DEBT LINE: The National Debt Line is a helpline that provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems to people living in different parts of the country.

DEBT ADVICE FOUNDATION: The Debt Advice Foundation is a national charity offering a debt helpline, an online debt-analysis tool, and free access to a range of tools and guides about money management, budgeting and  negotiating with creditors. 

CHRISTIANS AGAINST POVERTY: Christians Against Poverty is a national debt counselling charity with a network of 102 centres based in local churches.

AGE CONCERN: This is the financial advice web page of Age Concern, a leading UK charity concerned with the well being of older people. The four national Age Concerns in the UK have joined together with Help the Aged to form new national charities dedicated to improving the lives of older people, but for the time being the charities are still running separate websites.

HELP THE AGED: This is the financial advice web page of Help the Aged, a leading UK charity concerned with the well being of older people.  Find advice in this section on issues like pensions, how to fund a care home stay, and the different benefits you could claim.  The four national Age Concerns in the UK have joined together with Help the Aged to form new national charities dedicated to improving the lives of older people, but for the time being the charities are still running separate websites.  

TRADING STANDARDS:This web page is run by the Trading Standards Institute, and it offers advice if you are having problems with the provision of goods and services. It has a free advice line. The Trading Standards Institute is a professional membership association representing trading standards professionals in the UK and overseas.  It promotes consumers, encouraging honest business and targeting rogue traders.

MONEY SAVINGS EXPERT: Martin Lewis provides free advice on a variety of money savings including banking, insurance and utilities.

 

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