About us

Debt Advice Foundation is a registered national debt advice and education charity in England and Wales (no. 1148498).

At the heart of the charity’s philosophy is the prevention and cure of unmanageable consumer debt.

Whilst our primary focus is on helping those that are in need of advice and support today, we strongly believe that improving financial literacy amongst the next generation of credit users is key to tackling increasing levels of unmanageable consumer debt in the UK.

The charity seeks to carry out these objectives through its free telephone debt counselling service, which helps over 10,000 people every year, and through DebtAware, the charity's award winning debt education programme for schoolchildren.

The charity holds the Advice Service Alliance’s Advice Quality Standard (AQS) and is listed by Money Advice Service as an accredited, free provider of debt advice on its online debt advice locator page (the Money Advice Service is an independent service set up by government to help people manage their money).

The charity is a member of AdviceUK, the UK’s largest support network for free, independent advice centres, as well as the National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS) and all of the charity's advisers are members of the Institute of Money Advisers (IMA), a charitable body that aims to promote free money advice and develop professional standards.

The charity is also a registered supporter of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Financial Education for Young People and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Debt and Personal Finance.

Debt Advice Foundation is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (no. 692492).

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