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Money Matters

The Money Advice Service helps people manage their money. They do this directly through their own free and impartial advice service. They are an independent service set up by government.

They provide:

  • Advice and guides to help improve your finances
  • Tools and calculators to help you keep track and plan ahead
  • Support in person, over the phone and online

They can also help with the following:

For free and impartial money advice, you can call them on 0300 500 5000.


Setting up a Basic Bank Account

The majority of people can set up a bank account which helps to manage day to day money with ease.

Basic bank accounts are used as a stepping stone to a current account. It does not matter if you have a poor credit record or you are on a low income.

A basic bank account allows you to:

  • Pay bills by Direct Debit or standing order.
  • Receive payments such as salary, wages or benefits.

Set up a Bank Account


Help and support

  • Colchester Citizen Advice - provide free and impartial advice. Their goal is to help everyone, whatever problem they face.
  • One Support Colchester - provide individual support to prevent homelessness, help to maintain tenancies and increase life skills.
  • Signpost - help people of all ages to get back into work or to move on.
  • Universal job match - Search and apply for full or part-time jobs in Great Britain and abroad.
  • GOV.UK - The best place to find government services and information
  • Age UK - A local charity providing services and support for older people in the Colchester area