Money worries

Our commitment to you

We're committed to treating customers sympathetically and positively when they’re experiencing difficulties and we'll do our best to help those who are having problems with their debts.

If you're worried you may be starting to have financial difficulties or are already having problems with your debt, it's important that you speak to us as soon as possible. We’ll do everything we can to help you solve your problems.

There are also a number of places that provide free and impartial debt advice. These organisations are not associated with cahoot and can help you to manage your creditors and debt problems.

Many people face financial worries at some point in their lives. Getting help and advice sooner rather than later is important and can help make sure the problem doesn't get any worse. We're committed to treating our customers sympathetically when they're having difficulties, and we'll do our best to help you if you think you might be having financial problems.

In these pages you’ll find more information about how we and others, may be able to help if you have money worries.

If you’re not in arrears

If you’re up to date with all your payments to us and have a general enquiry, call us on 0330 678 2811

If you are in arrears

If you have missed a payment or feel you may miss a payment, please contact our specialist teams on the numbers below. They will be able to help you with information on the next steps:

 Telephone numberOpening times
Bank account0800 587 22118:30am to 7pm Mon to Fri
9am to 1:30pm Sat
Credit card account0800 389 78978:00am to 7pm Mon to Fri
9am to 1pm Sat


Before you call us please take a few minutes to write down exactly what you have coming in and out of your accounts each month. A budget planner can help with this. If you don’t have one to hand, you can find some in our ‘taking control’ section. 

If you’d like to get some help before you talk to us, here are some helpful, free debt advice organisations you can speak to: 
Money and Pension Service
StepChange Debt Charity
PayPlan Debt Charity
Money Advice Trust
Citizens Advice
National Debtline
Business Debtline​​​

Taking control

The first step in getting back on track is to recognise that you may be experiencing financial difficulties.

  • Find out how much money you have coming into your household and how much you have going out.
  • Make sure you can pay for essential items such as your mortgage or rent, council tax,  food and utility bills.
  • Take some time to list how much you owe and who you owe it to.
  • Use a budget planning tool like the ones below to calculate what you have left each month. 

The idea of looking at your budget may feel daunting and it may even be something you’ve never done before. But it’s your first step towards getting back on track. 

Take a look at the budget planner provided by the Money Advice Service – a free tool which may help you with putting you back in control of your household spending.

When you've worked out your budget, you should get in touch with the people you owe money to (often known as creditors) to let them know how you propose to pay your debts. The most convenient way to do this is to phone them and offer a copy of your budget planner to support your proposals. Alternatively, independent debt advice agencies will do this for you. Please note that some of these organisations may make a charge for their services.

If you do have enough money to make your payments but sometimes find they're not being paid on the most suitable date or in the best way, it may be beneficial to contact the company to discuss options. Changing Direct Debit dates to when you're paid may often help.

It's also a good idea to check price comparison sites to see if you could save money on regular payments such as energy, broadband and insurance bills. And, in case you're entitled to benefits you're not claiming, take a look at the Department of Work and Pensions website.

If you're struggling to work out your budget, you can contact us directly for help and support. Check our 'Talk to us' section for more information. Our 'Independent advice' section also has contact details of useful organisations that may be able to help.

Money management tools

To help you manage your money, you can choose to receive an email, text message or both when certain activity has happened on your current account or credit card. Select as many alerts as you like.

You’ll be automatically registered to receive a credit card alert when nearing your credit limit to help you avoid fees, and we’ll send you other messages to notify you of certain activity on your account. These will be sent via email, text message, both or by letter and where not required for regulatory purposes, we’ll give you the option to opt out. 

These alerts are free, and it’s important you’ve registered a mobile number on your account to ensure you receive them. You can choose to stop receiving alerts and check or update the mobile number registered on your account using Online Banking, or by calling us on 0330 678 2811

We made changes to alerts to help you avoid or minimise charges. Details about these changes and which products they apply to are detailed below.

Current accounts

We’ll automatically start sending you text alerts to help you avoid charges when your account has entered an arranged or unarranged overdraft position, for example, because of a regular payment (e.g. direct debit).

Credit Cards

We’ve simplified the Alerts Service clause in our General Terms and Conditions to advise you that if the alert is not a regulatory requirement, we’ll give you the option to opt-out.

free account alerts

An overdraft can give you a bit of extra money for unexpected times. However, it’s important to remember that we charge you to use it.

The current account section below details the rates, fees, and charges that apply before and after the change.

An overdraft lets you borrow through your current account. It’s intended mainly for short term costs or emergencies and isn’t generally suitable for longer-term borrowing. There is a cost associated with using an overdraft.  The way you manage your overdraft may affect your credit file which could make it harder to get credit with us or other providers in the future.

Overdrafts depend on your circumstances and you must repay any overdraft when we ask in line with our General Terms and Conditions. We may ask you to repay all or part of your overdraft at any time but we'll try to notify you of this in advance

An arranged overdraft is when we let you borrow up to a pre-agreed limit – you can ask for an arranged overdraft when you open your account or at any other time. The amount we agree to lend you will vary depending on your personal circumstances. 

An unarranged overdraft occurs when your account goes overdrawn without an arranged overdraft in place or if your account goes over your arranged overdraft limit.

When you try to make a payment that would take you into an unarranged overdraft, we make the decision whether to allow or reject the payment based on your individual circumstances. If we allow a payment, it will take you into an unarranged overdraft. We don’t charge fees for refusing a payment due to lack of funds or allowing a payment despite lack of funds on this account.

Our cost calculator helps you understand the costs associated with using an overdraft facility    

How much will it cost?

Did you know?

Monthly fee cap: There is no cap on Arranged overdraft interest

Free account alerts: You can set up an account alert to warn you when you don’t have enough money in your account to cover a payment. This will give you a chance to put money in your account before 4pm and avoid the fee.

The best way to stay in control of your credit card payments is to set up a Direct Debit. You can choose to set up your Direct Debit through Online Banking or by contacting our customer services team.

For example, you can pay:

  • the full balance;
  • the minimum monthly payment; or
  • any fixed amount of your choice greater than your minimum payment

If you can afford to, you can set up a monthly fixed payment that is the same as or more than your current minimum payment. That way you’ll pay your balance off more quickly, as each month you’ll be making more than the minimum payment.

length of time to pay off balance

Independent advice

There are organisations that can help you with money worries as well as help you understand whether you’re entitled to more benefits or any other type of help. cahoot isn’t associated with these organisations. Please note that some of these organisations may make a charge for their services.

OrganisationHow can it help?Contact details
Business Debt LineIf you're self employed, Business Debt Line can offer advice on managing your debts.0800 197 6026
Citizen's Advice BureauCAB helps with independent face-to-face advice. You can go into one of their offices and speak in confidence to an adviser or check out the numerous online
The Department of Work and PensionsProvides information on benefits you may be entitled to, including tax credits, state pension and support for mortgage
EquifaxFind out about your credit rating.
ExperianFind out about your credit rating.
Money Advice ServiceSupport with managing your finances. Guides, calculators and advice by phone or webchat.
0800 138 7777

MindLeading mental health charity for England and Wales which can provide help if you feel money worries are affecting your mental
PayPlanAdvice on long term debt
0800 280 2816