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Make the most of your money

​​​​​​​​​​​Manage your money

Use the internet for the best deals for your fuel and other bills. You can get help with this at your local library.

The Money Advice Service also has tools for you to budget and plan your money. Personal budgeting support and money advice: Rochdale Training and Training at Hopwood Hall College.

Your housing association may also offer personal budgeting advice and/or training.

Improve your skills

Local training providers offer courses to help you improve your money management skills along with the skills you need for a job. Getting a job is the best way of preventing the impact of the benefit cuts. See our jobs and training page.

Start saving now

Saving, even a little bit each week, is the best way to help you deal with unexpected problems. 

  • Start saving today with Manchester Credit Union.
  • Contact your bank for help setting up a savings account.    

Financial help in an emergency

If the unexpected happens and you suddenly find yourself in difficulties you may get help through the Discretionary Crisis Fund.

If you need to borrow money, make sure you do this at an affordable rate. Good deals for people living and working in the borough are available from Manchester Credit Union.Loan sharks - Don't use a loan sharks. They are illegal moneylenders who often charge very high interest rates. Find out more about spotting or reporting loan sharks.

Don't get into debt you can’t manage. Too much debt can cause problems in the long term so take care when thinking about a loan. Make sure that you can afford to keep up the repayments and that the interest rate is affordable. The Money Advice Service debt test can help test you to find out how likely you are to have problems with your borrowing over the next year or so. Take the debt test.

Fair For Yo​u is a ​registered charity that helps people from lower income families gain access to affordable credit to purchase goods for the home.​ You buy directly from the manufacturer and take out a loan from Fair For You, t​hen pay later in weekly, fortnightly or​ monthly instalments.

​​​​Get help - talk to someone

Contact local or national organisations for money, benefits and debt advice

Free training for unemployed adults

View the many local training organisations who offer free accredited training to unemployed adults.

Ways to save money


Things to do (and see) in Rochdale - on a budget

Not sure what you want to do on your next visit to Rochdale? Read our list of Things to do in Rochdale.

Still not sure?

We've created of list of facts about the borough 20 things to know about Rochdale that might help.

Facts such as:

The Grade-I Listed Rochdale Town Hall was finished in 1871 and cost £160,000 (£13 million as of 2014) to build. It is considered one of the finest Victorian Town Halls in Britain. 

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