Copeland residents seek help with debts totalling £11m
Last updated at 12:09, Friday, 30 August 2013
Copeland's Citizens Advice Bureau has helped people struggling with £11m of debt in just one year.
The charity helped local people deal with “non-priority” debts built up on credit cards or catalogues, bank loans or payday loans, according to new figures.
The charity dealt with 7,491 debt-related enquiries, with more than 4,500 new clients seeking help with a number of issues.
And they predict a further rise in people seeking help this year after the benefit shake-up and the introduction of the bedroom tax.
Shelley Hewitson, deputy manager at Copeland Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “We see people from all walks of life, from those who are unemployed to people with full-time jobs.”
Shortage of money continues to dominate the lives of those who seek help.
The CAB has issued 24 food vouchers to local families in the past month, including nine in the last week.
“When people come to us it is usually when they are at crisis point,” Ms Hewitson said. “We would like them to know they can come to us when they receive their first letter, not only when they have drawers full of letters. We hope to help clients prevent reaching a crisis.
“If we can’t find a solution to someone’s problems, then we will signpost them to another agency that can.”
Copeland CAB, which has offices in Whitehaven and Millom, will be introducing a new client and data recording system from Monday which will help gather increased information to further support clients and access more funding.
To enable staff to familiarise themselves with the new system, opening times for September will change, for one month at Millom to Monday, 9am-1pm and Thursday, 9am-1pm. Phone advice from Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm.
First published at 12:02, Friday, 30 August 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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