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Advice NI

Advice NI deliver a range of advice services to the public including debt and money, tax and benefits, and business debt. They offer a wide range of award winning training, online and face-to-face, accredited and non-accredited. They campaign on issues raised by the independent advice network to improve the lives of people in Northern Ireland.

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Advice UK

AdviceUK is the UK’s largest support network for free, independent advice centres. AdviceUK was formed in 1979 as the Federation of Independent Advice Centres (FIAC). As a UK-wide organisation AdviceUK is a key member of the Advice Services Alliance.

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Christians Against Poverty

Christians Against Poverty is a national charity, working across the UK to lift people out of debt and poverty offering free debt counselling through a network of 260 debt centres based in local churches.

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Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on getting out of debt, and a variety of other issues. With branches across the UK they have useful resources online, such as debt FAQs and budgeting tools. They also provide an online tool to help you understand where you might be able to cut costs.

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Civil Legal Advice

Legal aid can help you pay for legal advice, family mediation and representation in court and some tribunals. This could include help for housing, debt, family or education problems. You can also get legal aid if you’re accused of a crime.

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Financial Ombudsman Service

The Financial Ombudsman Service was set up by law to resolve individual disputes between consumers and financial services businesses. It can deal with complaints about a wide range of financial and money matters, from insurance and mortgages to investments and credit.

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Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner’s Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information.

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Money Advice Scotland

Money Advice Scotland (MAS) is the national umbrella organisation which promotes the development of free, independent, impartial, confidential money (debt) advice and financial inclusion. The organisation is a registered charity, with clear charitable objectives.

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National Debtline

National Debtline is a debt charity providing free, confidential and impartial advice and a library of online resources – including an information pack, personal budget planning, sample letters and information that will allow you to determine whether you qualify for a debt relief order.

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nidirect

nidirect is the official government website for Northern Ireland citizens. nidirect aims to make it easier to access government information and services. It does this by working closely with Northern Ireland departments and other public bodies to collate key information based on users’ needs.

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Payplan

Payplan offers a fresh approach to dealing with financial difficulties, and are the UK’s largest provider of free debt solutions, including free debt management plans and Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs).

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StepChange

StepChange (formerly the Consumer Credit Counselling Service) is the leading debt charity in the UK providing free advice, help with budgets and debt management plans tailored to your personal situation.

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The Money Advice Service

The Money Advice Service helps people manage their money. They do this directly through their own free and impartial advice service. They also work in partnership with other organisations to help people make the most of their money. They are an independent service, set up by government.

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The Money Charity

The Money Charity (formerly Credit Action) is a charity with over 20 years’ experience in money management. As well as free and confidential advice, they provide several useful money management apps, such as the ‘Spendometer’.

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