Tips for dealing with coronavirus-related money problems
If you have money problems because of coronavirus, help is available from the Citizens Advice service.
You might also be able to get help from your local council, landlord, mortgage company, bank or other lenders. These bodies should be understanding and flexible if you’re struggling to make payments because of coronavirus, so it’s worth speaking to them.
Here are some useful tips on how to manage your finances if they’ve been affected by coronavirus.
Make a budget
Work out how much money you’ve got coming in and going out, so you know what you can afford. You can use our budget planning tool.
Avoid borrowing more
Try not to borrow more money to pay off what you owe, especially if you’re already struggling with bills.
Avoid firms advertising ‘debt consolidation loans’ or ‘80-90% debt write-offs under a government-approved scheme’. Quick solutions like these won’t solve financial problems and often lead to more difficulties later.
Check if you can get more money
Some benefits rules have changed recently, so you might be able to get more money from the government.
See if you can spend less
Check if you’ve got any savings or insurance that could cover your payments. Check your contract before you cancel any subscriptions, because you might be charged for the remaining months of the agreement.
Read our advice on what to do if you can’t pay your bills because of coronavirus or if you’re struggling with credit card debt.
Pay for essentials first
If you’re struggling to pay everything at once, prioritise the most important things like:
- food – and other household essentials like medicines and cleaning products
- housing – read our advice about rent arrears and managing your mortgage
- council tax – check if your local council can be flexible about your payments or if you qualify for Council Tax Reduction. You can also use our council tax tool to see if you can make other savings on your council tax bill
- energy – read what to do if you’re struggling to pay your energy bills.
Get more help
If you need more help, contact your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau. An experienced adviser can help explain your options. You can also: