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Breathing space

Breathing Space is a new scheme to help if you are struggling with debt, including help if you have rent or mortgage arrears.

The scheme can:

  •  Give you time to sort out your debts and arrears –  without the added pressure of action being taken against you
  •  Stop people or organisations you owe money to from demanding payment or taking action, whist you get free quality debt advice
  • Give you the chance to get a handle on your money matters without the stress and worry of increasing debt and scary letters.

There are two types of breathing space:

  • Standard breathing space – this can last up to 60 days
  • Mental health crisis breathing space  – this can last as long as any specialist mental health treatment you are receiving, plus an extra 30 days.

Find out more about Breathing Space, and how to apply here.

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This page was last updated on: October 1, 2021

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