Debt Management and Money Matters

Cheshire East has a dedicated money adviser within the Housing Options teams who provides advice and assistance regarding any debts restricting access to housing or threatening any current housing situation.

There is expert advice to help tenants and homeowners who are having problems keeping up with mortgage or rent payments. Information available covers practical steps, from the point where a problem begins to:

  • Communicating with landlords or mortgage lenders
  • Preparing for court, and
  • What happens during and after a court hearing.

There is also information available for dealing with:

  • Rent arrears and Mortgage payments
  • Advice on benefits available including tax credits
  • Housing affordability
  • Debt management and resolution (especially when it begins to affect your housing)
  • Financial advice
  • Budgeting
  • Maximising income
  • Negotiation with creditors

If you are struggling with mortgage payments the following information may be useful:

Cheshire East Council are operating a mortgage rescue scheme.

National Homelessness Advisory Service (NHAS) has produced a leaflet called  ‘worried about your mortgage’. Leaflets are available from any of the Council’s Contact Centres or can be downloaded from the NHAS website.

The Money Advice Service website contains plenty of useful information and tools on how to boost your income and how to stop debts increasing. 

Money Advice and Court Desk Facilities in Cheshire East

All money advice services across Cheshire East are free, confidential, and independent sources of advice and assistance relating to Welfare Benefits and debt management.

Details on opening hours and availability on money advice can be viewed in the Money and Court (PDF, 28KB).

All advisors offer a specialist service in the fields of:

  • Maximising income
  • Debt resolution
  • Negotiation with creditors
  • Advice on benefits available
  • Information about tax credits
  • Help with benefit applications
  • All financial matters

Some services offer a more comprehensive service and will give legal advice and can assist with court representation. Those offering this more involved service are specified below. Some money advice services are accredited, meaning that they have gained a known qualification in the field of Money advice.

Cheshire East Citizens Advice Bureau

For Advice:

visit the Cheshire East CAB website

Email : advice@cecab.org.uk

Telephone : 0845 601 0271 (Mon-Fri 9:30am - 1:00pm)

Or Administration only  (no advice available on these numbers)

Congleton
35-37 Lawton Street, Congleton, CW12 1RU
01260 288510

Crewe
50 Victoria Street, CW1 2JE
01270 303003

Nantwich
The Gables, Beam Street, CW5 5NF
01270 303004

Christians Against Poverty
Cavalry Christian Centre
Earlsway
Macclesfield

0800 328 0006

Help the Aged
New Horizons Centre
Henderson Street
Macclesfield
SK11 6RA

01625 611948

Available to: Residents of Macclesfield, Wilmslow, Mobberley, Congleton & Sandbach aged over 50

Life Line
Sandbach Methodist Church
Wesley Avenue
Sandbach

Shelter
Shelter's advice pages for people who may be affected by rent or mortgage arrears or can be contacted by phone at 0808 800 4444 or via Twitter @shelter.

Shelter also have a blog called Shelter Stories which seeks to offer a first-person, friendly and accessible approach to advice.

Step Change Debt Charity    Step Change Debt Charity advice pages and for free advice on debt problems. Freephone including to all mobiles 0800 138 1111.