If you are being exploited or are worried about someone else call the Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline on 08000 121 700
The UK has a welfare system which is designed to help those who face financial hardship, or who have specific needs. Your local Job Centre Plus will be able to help you find out which benefits you may be able to access. This may include:
A link to the different types of benefits you could receive can be found here.
If you are in Scotland advice can be found here.
Citizens Advice also provides free advice on dealing with banking, debt, bankruptcy, and more. You can find your local Citizens Advice Bureau here if you are in England and Wales, here if you are in Scotland, and here if you are in Northern Ireland.
There are a range of banks, and you can choose one that suits you best. There are also online-only providers which you can use.
The safest way to do this in your local bank branch rather than online so as to avoid any potential scams.
To open a bank account in the UK, you usually need to show proof of ID such as passport, biometric residency permit, driver’s licence or recognised identity card. You also need proof of permanent address. The Government is working with major banks to find a solution to enable you to open accounts without the usual permanent address requirement. A number of UK banks already have a system for opening accounts where you do not have a permanent UK address. You may need to get the help of a local charity or your local authority to help you do this.