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Privacy notice

The Money Advice Trust “The Trust” is a charity founded in 1991 to help people across the UK tackle their debts and manage their money with confidence. The Trust’s main activities are giving advice, supporting advisers and improving the UK’s money and debt environment.

We give advice and information to people concerned about their debts through our National Debtline service and the equivalent service to small businesses through our Business Debtline service. We support advisers by providing training through Wiseradviser and recognise innovative debt advice projects through our Innovation Grants. We use the intelligence and insight gained from these activities to improve the UK’s money and debt environment by contributing to policy developments and public debate around these issues.
The Trust (“we” or “us”) take the privacy of your information very seriously. This notice explains how and for what purposes we use the information collected about you.
The Trust looks after the information it holds about you, and respects your privacy. We take appropriate security precautions to prevent your information being lost or falling into the wrong hands.
We make sure that the information we hold is as accurate as possible; we do not hold more information than we need; and we do not hold it longer than we need to.
We keep records of all personal data that we process ensuring we have identified and documented a legal basis for processing the data.
We do not share your data with anyone else without your permission, except when we believe it is the only way to prevent harm to you or other people. If we do disclose information without your permission, this is authorised by a senior member of staff, and we will explain our reason to you at the earliest opportunity.
This privacy notice details the way in which we will treat your information, your rights in relation to it, and how we will ensure that your data is kept safe, secure and in your control. It will do this for all the ways in which you choose to access our service.
If you have any queries about this notice or anything to do with how we treat your data, please get in touch with us by using the contact details at the bottom of this notice.
Information collected
If you sign up to one of our newsletters or fill out one of our enquiry or order forms, we will retain this information. This will not be sent to any other organisation. Should you wish to be removed from the newsletter/s at any point please either unsubscribe from the link in the most recent newsletter, or contact using
If you contact us to enquire further about our services, we will retain this information. This will not be provided to any other organisation and will only be used for the purposes in which we have told you it shall be used. You can contact us at any time to request your information to be removed.
Information automatically collected from your computer
Log files/IP addresses: When you visit the site our web server automatically records your IP address. This IP address is not linked to any of your personal information. We use IP addresses to help us administer the site, to collect demographic information and to find out such things as how many people are visiting particular pages on our site. Our website may also use a website recording service which may record mouse clicks, mouse movements, page scrolling and any text keyed into website forms. Data collected by this service is used to improve our website usability. The information collected is stored and is used for aggregated and statistical reporting, and is not shared with anybody else. We may also gather other non-personal information (from which we cannot identify you) such as the type of your internet browser which we use to provide you with a more effective service.
Cookies: For a comprehensive overview of how we use cookies please refer to our Cookies Policy.
Use of this information: We will use some of this information in order to:
  • Carry out marketing analysis and make general improvements to our site;
  • Analyse how users are making use of the site; and
  • Obtain your views or comments on the information and advice we provide.
We may collate anonymous data which is shared with our partner agencies, funders and the government. This is to enable us to demonstrate demand and use of the site.

The Trust and how we treat your data

The Trust is committed to good practice in the handling of personal data and careful compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (1988) (references to the DPA shall include, to the extent applicable, the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679.
The Trust is committed to good data management in order to protect people from harm. This means:
  • Keeping information securely in the right hands.
  • Holding good quality information.
  • Obtaining explicit consent from our clients to record and process their data.
The Trust also ensures that it takes into account the legitimate concerns of individuals about the ways in which their data may be used. In particular, The Trust aims to be open and transparent in the way it uses personal data and, where relevant, to give individuals a choice over what data is held and how it is used.
The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) creates new rights for how organisations treats individual’s data and these are detailed below.
The Trust complies with all relevant DPA legislation and also ensures that the principles of the GDPR are incorporated into the service that we provide.
The right to be informed
The Trust will ensure that all individuals understand why their data is being obtained, how it is being used and how they can access it. We shall provide this information in a manner that is concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible. This information is provided for all ways in which you may communicate with us.
The right of access
The Trust wants all people it helps to understand how they can access their personal data, and will ensure that they are able to do this easily and quickly. Please contact if you wish for further information on this.
The right to erasure
The Trust wants you to be comfortable about the data that we hold about you and we provide the facility for you to request the deletion or removal of your personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.
You have a right to have your personal data erased and to prevent processing in the following circumstances;
  • Where the personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected/ processed.
  • When the individual withdraws consent.
  • When the individual objects to the processing and there is no overriding legitimate interest of for continuing to process it.
  • When the personal data was unlawfully processed and the data has to be erased in order to comply with a legal obligation.
The Trust can refuse to comply with a request for erasure where the personal data is processed for the following reasons;
  • To exercise the right of freedom of expression and information.
  • To comply with a legal obligation for the performance of a public interest task or exercise of official authority.
  • For public health purposes in the public interest, archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific research historical research or statistical purposes; or the exercise or defence of legal claims.
The Trust has a policy of anonymising your data six years after last contact. These records are used for statistical purposes by the Trust. Anonymised records will be held indefinitely.
The right to restrict processing
If you wish for us to no longer process your data, then we will ensure this happens. You may wish to do this if:
  • You contest the accuracy of the personal data.
  • Where you object to the processing of the data.
  • When processing is unlawful and you oppose erasure and request restriction instead.
  • If the Trust no longer needs the personal data but you require the data to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim.
If the Trust has disclosed the personal data in question to third parties, we shall inform them about the restriction on the processing of the personal data, unless it is impossible or involves disproportionate effort to do so.
The Trust will inform individuals if it decides to lift a restriction on processing.
The right to data portability
Should you wish for your data to be provided to you in a machine readable format (e.g. CSV) so that another organisation can process this data, then the Trust will facilitate this where possible. Please contact the Data Protection Officer for more information by email:
The right to object
You have the right to choose how we use your data, if you object, then please let us know.
The rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling
The Trust does not used automated decision making in any of its processes.
Direct marketing
The Trust only uses personal data for direct marketing in the following instances:
  • Stakeholder contact details for email marketing to promote our commercial training and consultancy services.
  • Contact details for advisers for email marketing to promote our (free) Wiseradviser courses.
Permission will be obtained when the contact details are provided together with details of how an individual’s details will be processed and what to do if they decide they want them removed.
The Trust must stop processing personal data for direct marketing purposes as soon as it receives an objection from an individual. There are no exemptions or grounds to refuse. The request must be dealt with immediately and be free of charge.
Transferring your information outside of Europe
As part of the services offered to you, the information you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside of the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EU or one of our service providers is located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this privacy notice. If you use the site while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.
How to contact us
The Data Protection Officer for the Trust is the Head of Compliance and Risk. You can contact them by emailing or by writing to Money Advice Trust, Tricorn House, 51-53 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 8TP.


If you are unhappy with the way the way in which your personal data has been handled you can make a formal complaint in line with our standard complaints policy which can be found below. If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of your complaint after following our process you can raise a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) who will investigate the matter further. The link to their website can be located here
We'd love to know what you think of our website and the advice we provide online. Feedback helps us to improve our service and makes sure people get the help they need from us.
We’re committed to providing a professional, supportive and confidential service to all those who seek our help. We aim to ‘get it right first time’ but we’re aware that mistakes can sometimes happen.
If you’re not happy with the service you have received, we’re genuinely keen to hear from you. This will not only allow us to try to resolve your problem, it will also help us avoid it happening again.
How to complain
You can contact us by writing to:
Money Advice Trust
Tricorn House
51-53 Hagley Road
B16 8TP
It is helpful if you can let us know the following:
  • What went wrong.
  • When it happened.
  • Who you dealt with.
  • What you think we should do to make things right.
  • Your full name, address and telephone number.
How we handle complaints
  • We will always try to resolve a problem at the time you raise it with us.
  • If we need more time to look into your complaint, we will send you an acknowledgement within five working days and tell you when we expect to contact you again. We will also enclose a copy of this procedure.
  • We would expect in nearly all cases to send a letter explaining our response to your complaint within 10 working days. If we can’t do this we will send you an update.
  • Our aim is to send a final response within eight weeks of receiving a complaint. If this isn’t possible, we will write to explain why and tell you when we will respond.
What to do if we can’t reach an agreement
If we take more than eight weeks to send a final response, or you don’t think we have resolved your complaint, you can contact the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Financial Ombudsman Service
Exchange Tower
E14 9SR
Phone: 0800 023 4567 or 0300 123 9123
You must refer your complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service within six months of the date of our final response.
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