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Are you experiencing financial difficulties?

WE'RE HERE TO HELP CUSTOMERS IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY

If you're in financial difficulty or going through a life changing event, such as illness or bereavement, which is affecting your ability to pay, please get in touch. We understand that many issues can make things difficult or cause you to struggle with payments. Together, we can discuss your situation and consider options to help you get back on track.

Our advisers are sympathetic and easy to talk to. Anything we discuss is private and confidential so you don't need to worry. Your wellbeing is our priority, so please get in touch if you need help.

THE SOONER YOU GET IN TOUCH THE BETTER

First, we'll listen to understand your situation

Then look at the best options to get you back on track…

HOW TO CONTACT US

Call our friendly and dedicated support team on 03713 765686*.

Monday – Thurs 8am to 8pm

Friday 8am to 7pm

Saturday 8am to 4pm

If you'd prefer a family member or another person to call us on your behalf, please contact us on the above telephone number to request a 'letter of authority' form.

You can also get in touch using our secure webform. Please select 'Payments' and then 'I'm having financial difficulties' from the drop-down options provided.

WE'LL LISTEN CAREFULLY TO UNDERSTAND YOUR SITUATION

We'll only ask for the information we need to understand your circumstances and find the right solution for you.

We may need to carry out a household income and expenditure assessment over the phone. We'll ask you questions about what other bills you pay and what money you have available to pay them.

If we need to call you it would be really helpful to us if you have details of your monthly income and expenditure available to hand.

WE'VE GOT OPTIONS TO HELP YOU GET BACK ON TRACK

Once you've contacted us, we'll work with you and look at your best options. Here are some examples of the support we have available to our customers:

BREATHING SPACE

In the short-term, there could be an option to provide you with Breathing Space which helps you by:

Giving you 'time to breathe' and work out a solution for your circumstances

Giving you an opportunity to get some independent help and advice

Not charging any interest or fees during this period

PAYMENT PLAN

Other options may also be available, for example, a Payment Plan which helps you by:

Making lower payments until you're in a better financial position

Spreading your payments over a longer period of time

Not charging any interest or fees during the term of the plan

Having your credit file show that you're doing all you can to get back on track

PAYMENT FREEZE

If you are experiencing temporary issues with your financial circumstances, our Payment Freeze option* may be available to you.

The Payment Freeze option allows you to skip your current due payment without impacting your credit file or incurring any late payment charges.

Interest will continue as normal during the time your account is on Payment Freeze.

*Availability of Payment Freeze is subject to eligibility and can only be used once in a 12-month period.

OTHER ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN HELP

If you're struggling with multiple debts or have general money worries, there are independent organisations who can provide help and support.

Please let us know if you’ve already contacted or plan to speak to one of these organisations. This helps us keep up to date with any changes in personal circumstances that may affect your payments. This means we can also help to provide you with any support you may need.

Step Change

www.stepchange.org is a debt advice charity that helps people tackle their debts by providing practical debt solutions. Call their debt helpline for free on 0800 138 1111.

Citizens Advice

www.citizensadvice.org.uk offer debt advice as well as assistance on employment, housing, benefits, tax credits and immigration. Just visit or call your local Citizens Advice office.

Age UK

www.ageuk.org.uk provide information and advice on anything from health to housing. They can be contacted on 0800 169 2081 - calls are free from any UK landlines.

Samaritans

www.samaritans.org is a registered charity supporting anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide throughout the UK and Ireland. They can be contacted on 116 123 - calls are free from any phone.

TALK TO US

Don't forget we're here for you.

Call: 03713 765686

Email: https://support.studio.co.uk/s/contact-us

Using the secure webform, please select 'Payments' and then 'I'm having financial difficulties' from the drop-down options provided.

*Calls to 0371 numbers are charged at the same rate as standard landline numbers that start with '01' or '02'. If your phone tariff offers inclusive calls to landlines, calls to 0371 numbers will also be included in the same way.

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Terms and conditions apply. Credit subject to status. Over 18’s only. Representative APR 39.9% (variable) Missed payments may affect your credit score.