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Managing Debt - Overview

Ulster Bank is committed to helping our customers through the bad times as well as the good. We continuously look for innovative solutions to the challenges you, our customer, face. This site has been designed to provide practical guidance and support in response to the needs of consumers in financial difficulty.

Managing debt

Anyone can get into difficulty managing their debt. Changes in your circumstances such as; job loss, redundancy, reduced hours, reduction in salary, divorce, the death of a loved one, over borrowing, illness or a new baby; can put huge pressure on your finances. These can quickly result in missed loan or credit card repayments and mortgage arrears.

It's important not to ignore the situation or pretend it's not happening. There are solutions. With our help, taking control of your finances and getting back on track could be easier than you think.

Remember, the most important thing to do is talk to us if you feel debt is becoming a problem, so we can give you as much help as possible.

For mortgage debt assistance call us today:

  • Republic of Ireland on 1800 435 763
  • From outside Republic of Ireland on +35317092118

For loan or overdraft debt assistance

  • From Republic of Ireland call us on 1850 201 210
  • From outside Republic of Ireland call us on +44 2890 538 702

You can also leave your details with us and we'll call you back at a time that's convenient for you Call Us

Here are some steps to take if you find yourself in financial difficulty:

  • get free independent money advice from agencies such as:
  • work out a personal budget and stick to it.
  • tackle your priority debts first, for example your mortgage and secured loans.
  • make sure you claim all benefits and tax credits that you are entitled to. Contact your local community welfare officer or local citizens information centre for advice on what your individual entitlements are.
  • if you have an income protection insurance policy, check to see if you can make a claim.
  • you may also be able to claim on other protection policies, for example mortgage repayment protection insurance could be applicable in the case of redundancy.
Here are some things that you should never do if you find yourself in difficulty:
  • never ignore missed repayments, they won't go away. Remember, we're here to help, as soon as you notice there's a problem, get in touch.
  • don't ignore correspondence or calls from our staff. We are here to help and talking to us is the first step to helping you get the situation under control.
  • don't be under the impression that handing back your house keys will release you from your mortgage obligations, as this is not the case.

For even more helpful and practical ways to overcome money problems, download Ulster Bank's guide to dealing with debt (PDF 329KB).

All banks operating in Ireland must follow a code of conduct for mortgage arrears (CCMA). To view the code that we are bound by, visit the Central Banks' site www.centralbank.ie. Alternatively, for details of this code and the Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process (MARP), download our MARP brochure (PDF 212KB).

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