Getting money advice
Coventry Law Centre offers free, confidential and independent advice on personal debt. We do not advise on business debt nor do we act on the behalf of creditors or individuals who are pursuing a debt. We do not recommend or sell any financial products.
We are funded by Whitefriars Housing and Coventry Building Society and we prioritise our services for tenants of Whitefriars and for others who have housing debts.
Through the money advice process, which would involve an interview with one of our money advisers, we will explore your situation and help you to identify and prioritise your debts. We may be able to identify ways in which your income could be maximised, such as any benefit entitlement you may have; and we will review any loan and credit agreements that you have signed to ensure that they are enforceable.
Our money adviser will help you to complete an income and expenditure form to help identify what options you have with regard to your debts. This could involve negotiating affordable repayments to creditors through to assisting you to apply for bankruptcy if this option were necessary. Our advisers are also accredited to apply for Debt Relief Orders and can offer assistance and representation in connection with court and other legislative processes.
We can help and advise clients with problems that range from the difficulties of managing on a low income, to the complicated problems of multiple debts.
Our money advisers understand that debt problems can be distressing and the situation can be confusing. They do not make judgements about how a client is spending his or her money. They also do not underestimate your self-reliance and ability. Where a client takes a more active role in exploring the choices available, there is more likelihood of them sticking to a particular course of action, and being able to manage any similar problems in the future. Our debt advisers can advise and support you if you feel confident enough to deal with your debts yourself.
Fuel debt advice
Coventry Law Centre, working in partnership with other advice agencies in the city, is being funded by the Scottish Power Energy People Trust to run a Tackling Fuel Debtí Project. The Project employs two dedicated full time Fuel Debt and Energy Efficiency Advisers to help combat fuel poverty. The service can offer home visits to anyone worried about their energy costs and householders will be given advice on how to save energy and will also be helped with fuel debts, including switching to a cheaper supplier and setting heating controls to save energy. The Fuel Debt Advisers will be able to negotiate with energy providers and sort out arrangements for billing and repayment of debt. They will also help people make applications for grants that can help them pay off debt to energy companies.
Coventry Law Centre is keen to receive enquiries from anyone in the city who needs help with their fuel bills or advice on saving energy. To request an appointment please call into the office - or ring Wendy on 07557922298 or Dav on 07557922299 and they will make an appointment to see you.