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More People Seeking Debt Advice


6:24am 7th October 2014

There's been a rise in the number of people in Dorchester asking for debt advice.

Debt Charity StepChange say more people have been contacting their helpline.

In the first 6 months of this year 253 in the Dorchester area sought debt advice, compared to 193 in the same period last year.

That's an increase of 31%.

The average amount they owed was £11,890 on credit cards, loans and overdrafts.

After basic living costs, like housing payments, energy bills and council tax the charity claims the average person seeking their help has just £1 left over each month.

Mike O'Connor, chief executive of StepChange Debt Charity, said: "Many people are plagued with severe financial worries that can have a huge impact on their health, relationships and even their ability to simply get a good night's sleep.

"All too often, people face their debt burden alone, which can worsen the pressure and anxiety they are feeling. We would encourage anyone who is struggling with debt to take that first crucial step and seek free, confidential advice from StepChange Debt Charity."

The release of the findings comes as part of the charity's Need to Sleep campaign, which aims to encourage people to recognise the impact long-term sleeplessness has on their well-being and address the root cause by seeking help with their money problems. A YouGov survey, conducted on behalf of the charity, found that over 860,000 people in the South West are being kept awake by money worries.

For more information on StepChange Debt Charity’s Need to Sleep campaign visit www.needtosleep.org #needtosleep

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