Financial Support Covid-19

Money saving

Bolton’s Money Skills Service have put together a list of articles from websites providing really useful hints and tips for people who may be struggling financially due to the Covid-19 situation.

Money Saving Expert
Cutting Your costs, fighting your corner

Coronavirus help and advice – sick pay, mortgages, rental help, train refunds, energy top ups and more

The Money Advice Service
Coronavirus – what it means for you and what you are entitled to
Guides on sick pay, benefits & helpful tips if you're facing a drop in income…

Coronavirus and your money

Living on a budget - tips

Free Budget Planner

Step Change Debt Charity
Coronavirus, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) and claiming benefits
Coronavirus has caused a lot of uncertainty around many things, including benefits and SSP.

National Debt Helpline
Debt Advice charity run by the Money Advice Trust

Online Benefit Guidance
How benefits work, how to claim and benefit calculators that show you what you will be entitled to.

Turn 2 Us
Gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other funds

Coronavirus Finance & Bills Help

Energy bill help, incl how to top up prepaid meters 

Waste less energy. Start saving money
Save £163 by just following energy high 5 tips from Utilita

Energy saving tips from Energy Saving Trust
Make your money last longer

Are you on a water meter?  Tips to save money

If you are self isolating or indeed home more than normal, check out these handy tips on how to reduce your water bill…

Local support available in Bolton

Bolton’s Money Skills Service

If you are struggling financially at this difficult time, Bolton’s Money Skills Service offer free, confidential and impartial services to people who live, work or study in the Bolton area:

  • homelessness prevention advice and assistance for mortgage and rent arrears
  • dealing with Council Tax and fuel arrears
  • affordable and realistic payment arrangements negotiated
  • advice and assistance with court forms including Debt Relief Orders (DRO), Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVA), Bankruptcy

Save on gas and electric costs

We can also help you get a better deal either by changing tariff or switching energy supplier.  Average savings are around £200 per year.

You need the below details from current energy bill/statement for switching

  • Tariff name from current supplier (including any exit fees)
  • Current payment method
  • Annual consumption – number of units used for gas and electricity

You can also contact Uswitch on 0800 688 8244 to switch supplier over the phone or do it online via their website.

Call Bolton’s Money Skills Service on 01204 33 1965 between 10am and 4pm. 
We are still taking referrals and completing appointments over the telephone. 
For advice around saving money on your gas and electric please call: 01204 33 1983

Support also available:

Citizens Advice Bureau (Drop-In currently closed)
If you can’t pay your bills because of coronavirus
Find out how coronavirus (COVID-19) affects your work, sick pay and your holiday & what to do if you can't get to a benefits meeting because of coronavirus.
Telephone Advice Line: 0300 330 9071
Opening Hours – Mon to Fri 10:00 - 16:00

National Debt Charity 'Christians Against Poverty'
Please contact Lynne Moody: 07542288551 (Telephone advice only)

Bolton at Home Money Advice Team
Telephone: 01204 328000

The 'Money Advice Team' offer free, confidential and independent advice on a full range of money matters to anyone living in a Bolton at Home property.

Salvation Army (Telephone and email advice only)
General: 01204 651 137 -
Debt Advice: 01204  282 075 -

A free debt advice service that can contact creditors on a person’s behalf to explore and negotiate options like repayment holidays and more realistic repayment plans.

Published: 1st April 2020