Where to go for advice about debt
The Benefits department are dealing with an increased volume of enquiries and claims and this is causing unavoidable delays. Do not visit the Council. Request/send in information by email at firstname.lastname@example.org - put "Claim Ref" and your claim number in the subject line, e.g Claim Ref 12345 - or send by post.
Visit the Housing Benefit page to see if you claim help with your rent from us or Universal Credit. Visit the Council Tax Support page to see how to claim help with your Council Tax. Visit the Universal Credit page for advice about UC and how to claim.
If you have to visit us you can leave any documents in a sealed envelope with your name and address inside in the post box outside to the right of the entrance if you can't email it.
The following offer free, confidential and independent advice on dealing with debt problems in the UK.
Stroud & Cotswolds Citizens Advice
If you are experiencing financial difficulties for any reason there is help available. The Citizens Advice is able to offer free advice. See the debt section available at: http://citizensadvice-stroudandcotswold.org.uk/stroud-cab-debt-money-advice.php
Get free debt advice and help with money management at www.stepchange.org
Christians Against Poverty
A charity offering free debt counselling at https://capuk.org