Continuing to help you through these developing times.
For us all, focusing on our health and that of our family continues to be our primary concern. But as we now continue to deal with the impacts, differing work patterns - and learning and adapting to a changed normal - we want to be able to give you a reference point on all relevant Financial Wellbeing impacts and developments, as you adapt to any financial impacts on yours and your families’ lives.
Hopefully this Toolkit will help you take action and take care of your finances, and we would encourage you to do this to help manage your money as effectively as possible over the coming months.
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Please note, due to the continuing (and frequent) changes being made to Government policy and support programme changes, please refer to the “Updated on xx” date on each key document link. We will aim to update content as soon as possible after new changes are announced/effective.
Everyone and every household is different and things will continue to change quickly, so there is no one size fits all, but the following list should apply to most of us.
|Keep your housekeeping in order. Know what savings, investments and loans you have and who to contact|
|Plan ahead. What do you have coming in and going out? What is coming up in the next few months through Christmas and the New Year?|
|Keep your budget plan up to date – Understand your income and outgoings. Review all current expenditure, cancel any unnecessary spend and look to renegotiate existing contracts to free up extra income. Shop around to get the best deals in order to maximise savings|
|Review all existing assets and liabilities. If you have debts look to minimise the interest payments by 0% balance transfer credit card where available, talk to your creditors if you are struggling financially – all major banks have given the UK Government a commitment on treating customers fairly, and still allowing payment flexibility|
|Review your utility providers and current contracts, are there any savings to be made on your existing tariffs by switching?|
|Check Universal Credit eligibility, which is available for people in and out of work. Support for rental costs will be paid through Universal Credit|
|Travel season or monthly ticket holder – if circumstances change and you have to start to work from home, have to isolate, or are affected by a local or national lockdown, you can still get your money back from travel operators|
|For most forms of debt, you will be able request a three-month payment holiday up-until 31 January 2021, make sure you contact your lender to discuss and update them if you are struggling|
|Be wary of scams – https://www.fca.org.uk/news/news-stories/avoid-coronavirus-scams|
Find out how our experts are managing throughout the Covid-19 changes, and what they have to say about managing finances and overall wellbeing.
You can either watch our first video “Making the most of your money during uncertain times”. Or you can navigate to each section below to watch again at any time you want.
This is designed to take you through a number of key areas and practical information about managing your finances, what help is available from the Government, support being offered by most banks and other financial institutions.
We continue to re-record these videos as the COVID-19 situation progresses, the videos were last updated on the 20th November.
How budgeting can help
Time off work and getting sick
What if you lose your income
Savings, investments, pensions
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