Financial support

If you are struggling financially we are here to support you

Changes in your life can have a knock-on effect on your finances. This can lead to your finances getting out of balance, and may even become a worry. If you’ve recognised you need support, this is often the first step. If you’ve missed a payment, or are worrying about how to manage your debt, help is available.

I’m worried I can’t make a payment, what should I do?

If you’re worried you can’t make your contractual monthly repayment, or have already fallen behind on payments, we’re here to help.

It’s important you get in touch with us right away if you’re unable to make your monthly payment. Your account will stay up to date if you pay at least your contractual minimum payment, though it will take you longer to clear your balance and may cost you more in interest.

What is my contractual monthly payment?

Your contractual monthly payment is often referred to as your minimum payment and is the smallest amount of your total balance that you need to repay each month to keep your account up to date.

Where your contractual monthly payment can be found:

M&S Personal Loan

Monthly repayments are set out in your agreement.

M&S Credit Card

We'll send you a statement each month showing the minimum payment for that month. If you’ve opted into paperless statements, you can view your statement within Internet Banking or on the M&S Banking App.

M&S Budgetcard, Chargecard or Personal Reserve

If you hold an M&S Budgetcard, Chargecard or Personal Reserve we'll send you a statement each month showing the minimum payment for that month.

Can I adjust my contractual monthly repayments?

Depending on what product you have, we may be able to adjust your contractual monthly payment to make it more affordable.

If you would like to discuss adjusting your contractual monthly payment please call 0345 600 5860. Lines are open 8am-8pm.

I’m unable to make my contractual monthly payment

If you’re unable to make your contractual monthly repayments, it’s important you contact us as soon as you recognise you’re in difficulty, so we can work with you to understand your current financial situation and find an appropriate solution.

When you contact us

When you contact us, we may need to complete an affordability assessment.

We’ll ask you about your monthly income and outgoings such as salary, mortgage payments, rent, utility bills and outstanding balances with other lenders.

When you choose to call us, you need to have this information to hand. You may find it useful to use a budget planner to capture these details.

When you call us, please try to have your account number available.

If you’re struggling with multiple debts, each company will ask you to provide your income and expenditure details. You may want to consider seeking third party support to help you manage your debt.

Ways to contact us

To talk to our specialist team about how we can best help you, call us on 0345 300 1312. Lines are open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday.

I’m already receiving financial support from M&S Bank, but my circumstances have changed

If your circumstances have changed and you have an existing repayment plan with us, it’s important you keep in touch so we can ensure your existing repayment plan is still suitable.

When you contact us

When you contact us, we may need to complete an affordability assessment, if you haven’t already done this.

We’ll ask you about your monthly income and outgoings such as salary, mortgage payments, rent, utility bills and outstanding balances with other lenders.

When you choose to call us, you need to have this information to hand. You may find it useful to use a budget planner to capture these details.

When you call us, please try to have your account number available.

If you’re struggling with multiple debts, each company will ask you to provide your income and expenditure details. You may want to consider seeking third party support to help you manage your debt.

Ways to contact us

To talk to our specialist team about how we can best help you, call us on 0345 300 1312. Lines are open 8am–6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday.

I have missed one or more of my contractual monthly payments

If you’ve missed a contractual monthly repayment, and you’re starting to fall behind, we’re here to help.

Missing a payment may have a negative impact on your credit file, which can make borrowing in the future more difficult. You may also incur charges, which may make borrowing more expensive.

I have missed one of my contractual monthly payments, but I am able to make the payment.

If you’ve missed one of your monthly payments but you’re able to afford the payment, please make this as soon as possible. This may reduce the charges you incur and the impact to your credit file.

To make a payment on your:

M&S Personal Loan

Visit manage your loan for more details

M&S Credit Card

Visit ways to pay for more details

M&S Budgetcard, Chargecard or Personal Reserve

If you hold an M&S Budgetcard, Chargecard or Personal Reserve you can make your payment using your bank's online or automated telephone service.

You should quote our bank details, sort code 40-12-57 and account number 99001174, with your M&S card number or account number as a reference.

Alternatively, please call 0345 300 1312. Lines are open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday.

If you’re unable to make your contractual monthly repayments, it's important you contact us as soon as you recognise you’re in difficulty, so we can work with you to understand your current financial situation and find an appropriate solution.

When you contact us

When you contact us, we may need to complete an affordability assessment.

We’ll ask you about your monthly income and outgoings such as salary, mortgage payments, rent, utility bills and outstanding balances with other lenders.

When you choose to call us, you need to have this information to hand. You may find it useful to use a budget planner to capture these details.

When you call us, please try to have your account number available.

If you’re struggling with multiple debts, each company will ask you to provide your income and expenditure details. You may want to consider seeking third party support to help you manage your debt.

Ways to contact us

To talk to our specialist team about how we can best help you, call us on 0345 300 1312. Lines are open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday.

When and how will we contact you?

If you’ve missed a payment and it looks like you might be struggling with your repayments, we may attempt to contact you.

SMS

If we have your mobile number, we might text you to ask us you to contact us. Our text messages may include links to our website and our contact details.

Phone

If we have your phone number, we might call you to discuss your situation and appropriate solutions based on your circumstances.

Automated call

We might use our automated payment service to contact you and ask you to make a payment. If you’re unable to make a payment, or would prefer to speak to someone to do this, you can follow the instructions provided by the service.

Letter

We’ll write to you to advise you if your account falls into arrears, and confirm the status of your account. If you’ve made a payment, or set up an agreement with us, you may still receive a letter from us.

Some of the letters that we send to you are sent as we're required by law to do so. For example, a notice of sums in arrears is a letter we have to send to you by law if you fall two or more payments behind. The wording used in these letters is prescribed by law, and it helps ensure you’ve been given certain information when you’ve fallen behind. We’re required to continue sending you these notices even if you’ve told us about your current circumstances and we’ve made an arrangement with you about your payments.

Keeping your details up to date, will enable us to contact you quickly.

Managing your money

What steps can you take to help manage your money?

Set up a budget planner

Using a budget planner is an easy way to manage your finances, work out an achievable budget and identify where savings can be made.

  • List everything that's coming in and out of your account each month. This is the starting point to being able to balance your budget. Your bank statements should help with this.
  • Identify essential outgoings such as your mortgage, council tax, utilities, travel expenses, childcare etc. These costs are likely to be a set amount each month.
  • Identify variable outgoings such as groceries, clothes and everyday expenses such as coffee, lunch and newspapers. These outgoings will change on a month-to-month basis, and they are the ones that you can reduce and can have the biggest impact on balancing your budget.
  • If you have any money left over at the end of the month, you should consider saving it: even small, regular savings can make a difference over time, creating a pot of money you can break into for unforeseen emergencies or even periods when you know your spending will increase, such as Christmas.

Once you've created a budget planner, these are things you can do to organise and take control of it.

  • Wherever possible, pay your bills by Direct Debit or standing order 1 or 2 days after you get paid, so that you know you'll have enough in your account and can clearly see what's left over.
  • If your bank has an online banking service, use it regularly to keep track of your spending.
  • Regularly review your variable outgoings and save money by cutting back on non-essential items, cancelling that unused gym membership or switching to cheaper options.

Manage your debt

It's a good idea to tackle debt problems quickly before things get worse. Of course, before you tackle debt you'll need to address your spending first; so if you haven't done so, you should set up a budget planner to get your monthly outgoings under control. Then, you should consider the following to help sort out your existing debts.

  • Make a list of all your debts with expensive interest rates first.
  • Where possible try to move any debts with expensive interest rates to lower rates, for example transferring any store cards and high-interest credit cards to a credit card or personal loan with a lower interest rate – or even an interest-free period.
  • Contact your creditors to let them know that you are struggling to make your repayments, they may be able to help you manage them better.
  • Get free debt advice to help you work out the best way to get yourself out of debt quickly. You could contact your local Citizen's Advice Bureau or organisations such as National Debtline or StepChange Debt charity. They'll be able to advise you of the different types of help you can get – for example, there's a Government scheme to help mortgage holders who are struggling to make their monthly repayments. The scheme will pay the interest on your mortgage up to certain thresholds.

Borrowing wisely

Affordable borrowing can support your goals and aspirations, but you’ll usually pay back more than the amount you borrowed, as interest will be charged.

It’s a good idea to check your interest charges and rates and compare these across your products. If you find yourself in a position where you’re borrowing money to pay your debts, this may work out more expensive.

Maximise your income

Have you checked your tax code recently to make sure you're paying the right amount of tax? Are you entitled to any allowances or payments such as Child Benefit, Family Credit, Carer's Allowance or Universal Credit? A quick phone call or a few minutes online will give you the answers.

Check your cover

For essential cover like car and home insurance it's always worth shopping around for the best deal. If you have separate policies for things like your mobile phone and glasses, or you've taken out extended warranties, you could be duplicating your cover – and paying more than you need to.

Save for a rainy day

It's a good idea to keep some money in an easy access rainy day fund for emergencies or unexpected expenses. A sensible solution is to set up a standing order to transfer your money to a savings account the day after you get paid, that way it won't be sitting around in your current account tempting you to spend it.

Ways to get in touch

If you're concerned about your immediate financial situation, it’s best to get in touch as soon as possible. As a responsible lender, we’ll work with you to ensure you can keep in control of any money concerns you may have, whether they are short or long term.

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Talk to our team of experts about your financial circumstances on
0345 300 1312.

Lines are open 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday.

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Is there any more help or advice I can get?

You can also get free independent advice from:

StepChange Debt Charity or call 0800 138 1111

Money Advice Service or call 0300 500 5000

National Debtline or call 0808 808 4000

Citizens Advice or call 03444 111 444

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