Financial

Barking Debt Advice Centre

At the Barking Debt Advice Centre we offer a free debt counselling service for residents of Barking & Dagenham.

If you want support with debt, financial concerns or want to learn how to budget better – we can help.  Call or email (see details below) to make an appointment with one of our advisors.

We are authorised and regulated by the Financial conduct Authority and are a member of Communtiy Money Advice.  The Barking Debt Advice Centre was established through St Patrick’s Church and open to everyone.

  • Catherine Harding

  • St Patrick's Church
    Blake Avenue
    Barking
    IG11 9SQ

  • 020 8594 4468

  • barkingdebtadvice@gmail.com

  • Tuesday 10am - 2pm
    Wednesday 10am - 2pm

Citizens Advice Bureau

citizens advice

Barking & Dagenham Citizens Advice Bureau provides:

  • Information and advice on welfare benefits, housing, debt and money, employment, discrimination, family, consumer, tax, immigration and more
  • Information and advice on welfare benefits and debt for people experiencing mental ill health.
  • Hate crime advice, advocacy support to victims of hate crime incidents
  • Outreach Income raising clinics at 8 Childrens Centres.

All residents of Barking & Dagenham who are over 16 are eligible.

  • All staff can provide support

  • Barking Learning Centre
    2 Town Square
    Barking
    IG11 7NB

  • 020 85075969 Monday, Wednesday, Friday between 2pm - 5pm or Tuesday and Thursday between 9.30am - 2pm

  • advicereferrals@bdcab.org.uk

  • Drop into the CAB advice surgery on the following times
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 2pm
    Tuesday and Thursday 2pm - 8pm

LBBD Children’s Centres

Children’s Centres in Barking & Dagenham providing a range of services for local people.  Support available includes;

  • Employment and training support
  • Volunteering
  • Advice on welfare benefits
  • Money management
  • Health services; health checks, ante-natal/post natal, child health clinics
  • Support for families; parenting, activities, speech & language
  • Support re domestic violence
  • Childcare
  • Food support
  • Breastfeeding and Infant feeding advice
  • Healthy Lifestyle Groups
  • Smoking Cessation services
  • Talking Therapies

Even if you don’t have children, don’t worry, you can still access employment and welfare benefits advice at any Children’s Centre. Find a Children’s Centre  near you.

  • 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday

Liberty Credit Union

Liberty Credit Union is a community-based savings and loans organisation, open to anyone who lives or works in the Barking and Dagenham.

Liberty Credit Union offer easy-access savings accounts and preferential rate loans with free life and loan insurance. More information on their website

  • Unit 38 (Top Floor) Vicarage Field
    Ripple Road
    Barking
    IG11 8DQ

  • Tel: 01708 741899

  • mail@lcu.org.uk

  • Monday and Tuesday 10am - 4pm
    Wednesday CLOSED
    Thursday and Friday 10am - 4pm
    Saturday 10am - 1pm

Life after Debt (LAD)

LAD can support you when you are facing issues around debt and money management.

Home Visits: phone the number below to arrange for a LAD Debt Coach to visit you in your home.

An Effective Budget: our trained debt counsellors will work out a realistic budget that priorities your essential bills.  We will negotiate affordable payments with each creditor and attempt to stop unfair interest and charges where possible.  Your Debt Coach will then explain the budget and the payments you will need to make.

LAD Plan: in most cases, a LAD Plan is set up for you.  This acts as a simple bank account. You will need to make one weekly or monthly payment into your LAD Plan to cover your bills and debts.  LAD will then distribute this on your behalf.  You can also build up savings through your LAD Plan.

Severe Debt: if you are in severe debt, then we can walk you through insolvency options, such as petitioning for bankruptcy.  We can help you fill out the forms and even attend court with you.

  • Corina Kemp (Centre Manager )

  • St Thomas Church, 187 Burnside Road
    Dagenham

    RM8 2JN

  • 02085989533

  • 07722715274

  • corinakemp@capuk.org

  • Weekdays Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 2:30 pm