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Links to organisations giving advice on benefits, care and debt

advice northern ireland
(formerly association of independent advice centres) Northern Irish site with information regarding social welfare and legal matters.

advicelocal
Covers all 33 London boroughs. The site offers access to welfare law, housing, debt and social care topics and includes a searchable database  – advicefinder - of over 1500 organisations, offering advice or information services at either a borough level, across all of London or nationally.

advicenow
Information on the law and your rights from a wide range of advice and information services. Publishes useful guides.

adviceuk
Support network for free, independent advice centres. Formerly Federation of Independent Advice Centres (FIAC).

advice services alliance
Gives an overview of the whole range of alternative dispute resolution options. Aimed at legal advisers, advice agencies, solicitors, judges, and also to the general public.

benefitsandwork.co.uk
Has guides on benefits, law and work issues but you have to pay a subscription to get hold of most of them. Also offers training.

carers uk
Has a helpline for carers.

child poverty action group
Provides information on CPAG campaigns, publications and training.

citizens advice
Home site for National Association of Citizen's Advice Bureaux.

counselling directory
From this site you can find a counsellor or psychotherapist dealing with Debt Management.

debt advice foundation
Debt Advice Foundation is a registered national debt advice charity offering free, impartial support and advice to anyone worried about debt.

disabilities forum
Gives advice, assistance and representation  in matters concerning Housing, Benefits, Employment, Education, Training, Equipment Grants, Travel and Leisure.

disability law service (dls)
DLS provides advice and information on these six areas of law - Disability Discrimination, Consumer, Community Care, Further and Higher Education, Employment and Welfare Benefits (Greater London Area only).

elderly accommodation counsel
A national charity that aims to help older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs.

ferret
Sells numerous computerised benefits advice systems. Also has an online benefits calculation service.

firststop
An independent, free service providing information and advice about care and housing for older people and their carers.

gov.uk/benefits-adviser
This website now hosts independent benefits calculators.

independent age
Independent Age offers an advice service, open to all older people, their families and carers, which offers information and support about social care issues and welfare benefits. Also, a network of volunteers throughout the UK visit older people in their own homes. These volunteers have the backup of a casework team for anybody needing extra support with care or money issues.

lasa
The home site of Lasa offering details of the services they provide across the UK.  These include welfare benefits resources, technology advice and training, and policy work.

legal advice centre
Provides advice and undertake casework on Welfare Benefit Law to a specialist level.

lisson grove
Primarily sells benefits calculation programs but also has basic online information.

money advice health checker
Online financial health checker has been launched to help people make the most of their money. Offering straightforward money advice, it takes just five to ten minutes to complete, doesn’t involve any paperwork and your answers are confidential. The website also has money advice information specifically for disabled people.

the national careline
A not for profit company offering information about care and support for older people, their carers and their families.

national debtline
Helpline which provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.

newcastle welfare rights service
Has benefit and debt information and news. You can also sign up for a 'benefit bulletin' email on important benefit issues and news.

offenders families helpline
Help for families on all aspects of the criminal justice system in England and Wales from arrest through to release.

payplan
Provides free debt advice, debt management plans and Individual Voluntary Arrangements.

quickcalc
Online calculation tools for tax credits, income support, jobseeker's allowance, housing benefit, council tax benefit and tax. There is a subscription fee but you can use their 30 day trial for free.

rightsnet
Provides access to all for information, discussion forums, news and law updates in relation to all aspects of benefits.

shelter
Provides help if you are struggling with unmanageable debt, rent or mortgage arrears.

turn2us
Turn2us exists to help people access the funds they need that are available to them – through benefits, grants and other financial help. They have an online advice centre finder.