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Focus on Money

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Handling money well and planning your financial future are some of the most important skills that you need in life.
Focus on Money points you in the right direction and gives you ideas to make your money go further.

Find out more ......on the internet

There are many websites aiming to help you get in control of your money, and stay in control, but finding the best or most appropriate one for you can be difficult. Those listed below all have useful information, advice and ideas.
Money Advice Service logo
The Money Advice Service can be accessed over the phone, face to face or online. It is a free, unbiased, financial one-stop shop to give you practical, personalised help with your money queries.
  • Make the most of your money. Answer some simple questions about you and your money and the free confidential health check will show you what you can do in easy-to-follow steps.
  • Free printed guides to help you make informed choice.
National Debtline logo The National Debtline provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems. The website has fact sheets, self-help packs,  personal budget sheets and sample letters to help you.
Directgov logo
Directgov is the official government website providing easy access to the public services you use and the information you need - money, tax and benefits; employment; pensions and retirement planning; education and learning and much more.
Money matters for young people.
Consumer Credit Counselling Service
CCCS are the UK’s largest provider of free debt management. They also offer budgeting advice and specialist solutions, like a DRO or IVA. Their free online tool, Debt Remedy, can provide a solution to your debt problem, in 20 minutes.
Call 0800 138 111 open Monday - Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am - 2pm.
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Leicestershire County Council's Trading Standards service.
Information and advice on
  • Credit and debt
  • Loan sharks.
  • How to avoid scams
Age UK logo Age UK - information and advice for older people on money matters - income and tax, pensions, benefits and making the most of your money in retirement.

More useful websites to help you save money

Please note Leicestershire County Council does not endorse these sites – our aim is to provide as much information as possible for residents to make their own informed choices.

Save it!

Money Saving Expert - an independent website dedicated to saving you money on anything & everything by finding the best deals and beating the system.  It does not constitute financial advice but is based on detailed journalistic research.

Switch it!

uSwitch is a free, impartial online and phone based comparison and switching service that helps customers compare prices on a range of services including gas, electricity, home phone, broadband providers and personal finance products.

Buy or sell it!

eBay is The World's Online Marketplace®, enabling trade on a local, national and international basis. With a diverse and passionate community of individuals and small businesses, eBay offers an online platform where millions of items are traded each day.

Recycle it!

"Recycle" the items you no longer need, rather than throw them away - find some hidden treasure or give away some unwanted items for free on these freeuse websites....
Leicestershire Freeuse is a website to give and take unwanted items in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Freecycle is a network of groups across the globe - a non-profit making organisation and movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own areas.

Reuse it!

Leicestershire's reuse directory is full of great tips and useful information for how you can reuse everyday items and save money.

Eat it!

Love Food and Hate Waste by making great recipes with your leftovers from the Leicestershire Love's Leftovers cook book or organise your own Love Food Hate Waste cooking class.
The websites listed above have been selected for their information, advice or service. Leicestershire County Council is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Take it further........

Citizens Advice Bureau logo
Free, confidential and independent advice on money problems is available from the Citizens Advice Bureau. To find your local CAB click here or ask at your local library.
Leicestershire County Debtline - 0844 248 0040   (Calls cost 5p per minute from a BT landline. Call charges from other landline providers or mobile phones may vary. Please check the rate with your phone service provider.)
National Debtline - 0808 808 4000 (freephone)
The Consumer Credit Counselling Service is a charity offering a wide range of free services, including a no fee debt management plan. You can access help by phone or online at CCCS Debt Remedy. Call 0800 138 111 open Monday - Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 91m - 2pm.

Page Last Updated: 12 March 2015