I recently become a carer for my partner who I live with and can no longer work. We’ve started falling behind on our bills and I’m worried our debts are only going to get worse. I’m on Carer’s Allowance but what else can I do to turn things around?
A change in circumstances can often trigger financial problems. It’s good to see you taking action now as this will stop you from sliding further into debt.
See if you can make any savings on your household bills by switching suppliers, or changing deals. You may be able to get a reduction on your council tax bill – speak to your local authority directly.
Try to boost your income too.
You may be able to apply for benefits jointly with your partner to be paid alongside Carers Allowance; this is likely to be Universal Credit.
You should contact your creditors and ask if you can reduce your repayments until you’re back in work. They can also freeze any interest and charges so your debts don’t go up while you pay less. Check to see if you have payment protection insurance to cover giving up work to become a carer as well.
If you’re still struggling to cover your outgoings, it’s important to prioritise paying your household bills like council tax and rent or mortgage.