Important notice about payments (rent, council tax and other bills)

Due to essential maintenance, we won't be able to take payments over the phone or online between 12pm on Monday 16 July and 12pm on Tuesday 17 July. Cashiers desks at local offices will also be closed

Money saving

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Savvy shopping

Shopping around can save you money. Sandwell Financial Services Hub has a short guide with savvy shopping tips.

Need help with budgeting?

Sandwell Financial Services Hub provides free information, support and help to manage your money better.
Here's a sample budget sheet that could help you to keep track of things.

BetterOff Sandwell

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Keep on top of your budget, search for jobs and see what benefits you may be entitled to. BetterOff Sandwell has lots of information on budgeting, debt and money management, all in one place. Its free and very easy to use.

Finding it difficult to pay your water bills?

Severn Trent Water’s Big Difference Scheme can help customers who are on a low income

South Staffs Water’s Assure tariff provides similar support to their customers

Reduce your energy costs

Our Sandwell Energy Savers page is aimed at helping people with advice and support on all things energy. We can give you tips on how to make your property more energy efficient, advice on switching energy suppliers, we can also tell you about the schemes available to help you keep warm.

Shop around for a cheaper deal

Changing energy supplier is a very good way to reduce your energy costs but can seem complicated especially if you haven’t done it before.

One of our voluntary sector partners has produced a simple step-by-step guide to help people through the process.

Thinking about getting a Smart Meter to keep track of your energy consumption?

This short guide will answer some of your frequently asked questions.

Free energy advice

Free independent energy advice about how to keep your energy costs down is available from local voluntary sector organisations.

To get in touch with this service, you can email or call 0121 533 2668.

6Towns Credit Union

6Towns Credit Union helps people who live or work in Sandwell, providing savings accounts and loans. It can also offer a current account with debit card.

Check out videos about 6Towns services and budget basics.

Cooking on a budget

If you would like some ideas for low cost meals we have collected a number of recipes from local people and community groups.

Useful websites

Sandwell Energy Switch helps you to find the best deals available for your gas and electricity bills.

Sandwell Financial Services Hub for help with budgeting.

Sandwell Home Improvement Agency offers homeowners help and support for housing repairs, improvements or adaptations as well as tips on improving energy efficiency.

Ofgem has a list of approved, independent price comparison websites.

Barclays Money Skills aimed at young people.

Money Advice Service aimed at families with children.

Money Saving Expert general money saving advice and tips.