Discover how the Money Advice Helpline can guide you through the Breathing Space initiative for debt relief in the UK.
Debt can be an overwhelming burden that affects not just our financial well-being, but also our mental health and overall happiness. In the UK, the government has introduced the Breathing Space initiative to help individuals struggling with debt by providing temporary relief from creditor actions. The Money Advice Helpline is here to guide you through this process, ensuring that you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Breathing Space scheme.
What is Breathing Space?
The Breathing Space initiative, also known as the Debt Respite Scheme, is a UK government-backed program designed to provide temporary relief to individuals struggling with their debts. Under this scheme, eligible debtors can receive a 60-day “breathing space” period where interest, fees, and charges are frozen, and creditors are prohibited from taking any enforcement action.
During the breathing space period, individuals can seek professional debt advice to explore their options and work towards a sustainable debt solution. The aim is to help debtors regain control of their finances and improve their mental well-being.
Types of Breathing Space
Standard Breathing Space: The Standard Breathing Space is available to anyone who is struggling with their debts, provided they meet certain eligibility criteria. This type of breathing space is designed for individuals who are unable to repay their debts in full and need time to work out a feasible repayment plan.
Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space: The Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space is specifically designed for individuals receiving mental health crisis treatment. The duration of this breathing space extends throughout the treatment period and lasts for an additional 30 days after the treatment ends.
To qualify for a Breathing Space, you must:
- Be a resident of England or Wales
- Have debts that you cannot repay
- Not have applied for a Breathing Space within the past 12 months (unless you are applying for a Mental Health Crisis Breathing Space)
- Be receiving professional debt advice
How to Apply
To apply for a Breathing Space, you need to consult a debt adviser, like those available through the Money Advice Helpline. We will assess your financial situation and determine if you are eligible for the scheme. If you qualify, we will submit your application to the Insolvency Service, which will notify your creditors and begin the breathing space period.
How the Money Advice Helpline Can Help
At the Money Advice Helpline, our team of experienced and compassionate advisers can guide you through the entire Breathing Space process. We offer:
- Free, confidential, and impartial advice
- Support in determining your eligibility and submitting your application
- Assistance in creating a sustainable debt repayment plan
- Guidance on other debt solutions and financial management strategies
The Breathing Space initiative offers much-needed relief to individuals in the UK who are struggling with debt. If you’re overwhelmed by your financial obligations, the Money Advice Helpline is here to help. Contact us today to find out if you qualify for Breathing Space and get the support you need to take control of your finances and move towards a debt-free future.