The charity will only help towards repaying your debts once. It is therefore important that you disclose all your debts in order to ensure not only that any relief that may be provided addresses all your immediate financial problems, but also that you will be able to manage your finances in the future without further debts arising.
All debt cases are considered by the charity in conjunction with your diocese. We will need your consent for staff of the charity to discuss your situation with diocesan staff, including your bishop and/or archdeacon and a financial mentor (see below).
Ineligible debts. We regret that at present we cannot help with debts arising from:
The Financial Mentor. This is someone who will be appointed by your bishop or archdeacon to help you through the process of making an application to the charity for debt relief. S/he will need to see recent bank and credit card statements and will be responsible for producing a report on your finances for the charity.
On-going financial monitoring. It is a condition of any help being given by the charity that the applicant agrees to on-going financial monitoring under arrangements put in place by the diocese.
Any help with debts is at the discretion of the trustees of the charity. In particular, assistance is subject to your falling within the charity's eligibility criteria, both financial and otherwise. Any savings or other assets will be expected to be applied towards reducing debs before the charity considers any assistance.
1. If you have not already done so, please contact us by telephone (or email to ask for a call-back at a convenient time) to have an initial discussion about your situation.
2. During the telephone call you will be asked roughly how much unsecured debt you have (excluding mortgage debt and student loans) and how the debt is held (e.g. on credit cards, loans, overdrafts). You will be asked to make an appointment to discuss the issue with your bishop or archdeacon, or the bishop's representative.
3. An application form can then be completed online or be sent to you by post which should be completed. Included with this will be guidance notes for the bishop/archdeacon and for any financial mentor who may be appointed. You should pass these on as indicated.
4. You will probably have between two and four meetings with the financial mentor to look in depth at your financial situation. S/he will discuss with you how the debt has arisen and what measures you might take to prevent recurrence of the debts. The financial mentor will need access to all your financial records.
5. If there are no outstanding queries, once you have returned the completed application form and the charity has received the report from the financial mentor, your application will be processed for the trustees. At this stage you will be told when you will hear the outcome of your application.
6. The trustees will discuss your application and decide whether to assist. You will be informed of the outcome.
7. If the trustees decide they will take part in a debt relief exercise, they will also decide how to repay the debts. It is most likely that your creditors will be paid direct by the charity.
If you have any queries about the process, or what needs to be done, please telephone us to ask for clarification.
Some of these organisations run courses on budgeting and money management as well as giving advice on dealing with debt.
Christians Against Poverty www.capuk.org
National Debtline www.nationaldebtline.org
Money Advice Service www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk
Citizen’s Advice www.citizensadvice.org.uk