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We know it can be difficult to talk about money, and even harder to tell someone if you’re struggling financially. But most of us experience money issues at some point.

Everyone deserves a decent standard of living

We believe everyone has the right to a decent standard of living and if you’re facing unexpected or ongoing costs that are preventing that, we want to be there for you. We offer financial support to help you get back on your feet and feeling more in control of your situation. Whether it’s through a one-off grant or quarterly or monthly payments over a longer period, there might be ways in which we can ease some of the pressure. As part of the engineering community, your welfare is our priority.

Eligibility

Perhaps you’ve been out of work for some time or seen a drop in income after separating or losing your partner. Or maybe you’ve come up against unexpected household expenses or daily living costs that are suddenly higher than normal and you’re finding it difficult to cover. Regardless of why you’re having a tough time with money, if you have ever been IET member, even if your membership is no longer active, and have less than £16,000 in savings, we might be able to help you through it with financial support.

At Foothold, we’d like to help you and your family, if we can, if you’re having financial problems – no matter the reason for your challenges. Get in touch with us whenever you're ready.

Ways we can help you right now

Monthly budget sheet

When we struggle to make ends meet we usually feel out of control. That’s why we’ve put together a monthly budget sheet – to help you get to grips with your spending.

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Controlling the uncontrollable

Money matters can sometimes feel out of our control. And when things feel out of control we become overwhelmed and stressed. That’s why our friend Pete Scott has put together this guide to help you.

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Financial support

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