Tips from Rainbow Money Advice
The Quids In! magazine helps people find ways to make money go further.
They have written very clear financial guidance, which is particularly useful during these difficult times.
Advice about Benefits, Debt, and Budgeting can also be obtained from Rainbow Money Advice.
Phone Stuart (available on Tuesdays and Thursdays) on 07981 760 399 or email email@example.com.
Tips from Rainbow Money Advice
March sees the first signs of Spring when leaves are budding and birds are chattering.
March is also when we receive our Council Tax bills!
Did you know that you can pay your Council Tax in 12 monthly instalments?
Most of us pay Council Tax in 10 instalments from April to January, with two free months in February and March. However, you can pay Council Tax over 12 months.
By paying over 12 months you will lose the free months. However, you can pay a lower amount every month – and many people find that an easier way to budget.
If you want Barnet Council to spread your payments over 12 months it is best to contact them before the April instalment is due.
To contact Barnet Council:
- Phone: 020 8359 2000
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: Barnet Council, Local Taxation, PO Box 237, Erith, DA8 9HJ
Further information about Barnet Council’s Council Tax (including Council Tax Support, discounts and exemptions) can be found on the back of your Bill and by following this website link www.barnet.gov.uk/council-tax
Advice about Council Tax can also be obtained from Rainbow Money Advice. Phone Stuart (available on Tuesdays and Thursdays) on 07981 760 399 or email email@example.com.
Read this for information about free Covid-19 support from: voluntary groups, central government and Barnet Council:
There are several voluntary groups that provide free support for people needing help self-isolating (e.g. picking up shopping, sending post, or a friendly chat).
Details can be found by following this website link: https://covidmutualaid.org/local-groups/
Details of a Finchley service are shown below. They also have volunteers in postcode EN5 and will provide support for people living there. Phone 07565 321 508, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request assistance at helpme.mutualaid.co.uk
Central Government support
Help is available by following this link to the government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
This is for people to register if they have a medical condition that makes them extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, they’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.
If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.
This service is free. You can register yourself, or register for someone else.
If you, a family member, friend, or close member of your community are in need of urgent help that is not medical related, then contact Barnet Council through their urgent support helpline.
Phone: 0808 281 3210
This phone line is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Further information is available from the Barnet Council website via this link:
News from Rainbow Money Advice
Don’t get involved with a loan shark – yule regret it!
The England Illegal Money Lending Team* are warning people not to turn to loan sharks to cover the cost of Christmas.
Loan sharks are unlicensed lenders that charge extortionate amounts of interest. They have been known to use threatening language, intimidation and even violence when demanding payments from their victims.
- All money lenders require proper permission from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to lend money and those who do not are acting illegally.
- Avoid loan sharks because they will make a difficult financial situation much worse.
- If you need to borrow money, check the lender is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
- There are legitimate services you can access for help with money, such as credit unions, which offer safe saving and affordable loans options. Find your nearest Credit Union.
- You are not in trouble if you have borrowed cash or have been paying back a loan from an illegal money lender. The loan shark is because they are the people committing a crime, not you.
- You can safely report a loan shark to the Illegal Money Lending Team on 0300 555 2222 or fill out the online form.
- You can also obtain help from Rainbow Money Advice by emailing Stuart at email@example.com,uk or phone/text 07981 760 399.
*The England Illegal Money Lending Teams have secured more than 394 prosecutions for illegal money lending and related activity, leading to nearly 480 years’ worth of custodial sentences and have helped over 29,000 people.
Please watch and share this short video featuring young Londoners talking about a capital free from poverty.
The video was launched 17th October 2019 by the 4 in 10 Network (which includes Rainbow Money Advice) at the London Child Poverty Summit.
What would a London free from poverty mean for you?