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Priority debts

Some bills are classed as priorities. This is because the consequences of not paying them are more serious than the consequences of not paying others. Find out what you should be paying first using our table below.

Priority debt infographic

Why pay priority debts first?

It’s important to understand which bills to pay first, especially if you’re in debt. While unsecured credit lenders, like payday loans lenders, may shout loudest, utility bills debt, secured debts and tax bills should be paid first. These ensure you continue to have a home and heating.

Not paying priority debts or priority bills can lead to serious consequences for you and your family, as shown in the infographic. If you’re having problems paying priority bills or debts we can help with expert debt advice.


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