Parents: Jobs, Money and Benefits Advice

Useful websites and contact numbers

Council tenants

If you are struggling to pay your rent or are worried about being able to pay your rent because of the housing benefit changes talk to your income officer right away. Phone 020 8726 6100.

Benefits advice

Contact Croydon welfare rights team to make sure you are claiming all of the benefits you can. Freephone 0800 731 5920.

Credit unions

Credit unions offer convenient savings and low-interest loans to their members, who own and manage the credit unions themselves. For information on Croydon Credit Union visit CMS Credit Union website.

Training and employment advice

Job search websites

Moving home

Finding a home

Money and debt advice websites

At our Croydon branch of South West London Law Centres (just across the road from Taberner House) we can offer a free face2face debt advice appointment with a specialist adviser.  The adviser will go through your financial situation with you and then investigate the options available to deal with your debts.  You will get full written advice on what options are available for your situation and how to access them.  Some of the cases we see are more complicated and we offer a casework service for them.  If you require casework you will then be offered a follow-up appointment with someone who can support you to get the best outcomes available for your situation.  We offer advice on all debts apart from business debts.  We offer advice on court hearings for debts including mortgage, rent, council tax, loans and credit cards amongst others.

Energy saving advice

Advice and help fact sheets

Croydon Council have produced a range of fact sheets to help you manage the changes  to your benefits. This can be viewed or downloaded below.

Finding a job

The government’s welfare reforms aim to encourage people into employment with real incentives, such as making working tax credit households exempt from the benefit cap, offering help with transport costs, training and education opportunities,and free help with writing CVs and interview preparation.

Managing your money

For families in Croydon changes to benefits could mean less income from benefit, and could result in money problems. Take control of managing your money by following these handy tips.

Managing debt

If you have a problem with debt, it’s important not to panic but don’t ignore it either – it won’t go away. The key to debt problems is to deal with them sooner rather than later.

Housing advice

Households in Croydon will be affected by changes to the benefits they receive. For some, these changes could cause financial difficulties with their rent payments.This fact sheet gives information on some of the housing options available. You could also contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau for information on how to go about renting or buying a home or just finding somewhere to live.

Childcare

Households in Croydon will be affected by changes to the benefits they will receive. People will be looking for work to make up the reduction in the benefits they will receive, and many people with children will need to find childcare support.

Saving energy

Advice and tips to help you reduce your energy bills

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