Centre is making a real difference on debts

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DEBT advice being offered in Portsmouth has been endorsed by an independent report.

The city’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau delivers the government’s Money Advice Service to people who need urgent help with their money woes.

The report, by Optimisa Consulting, found that 92 per cent of the service’s customers in 16 centres were satisfied with the help they got, while 43 per cent of those were extremely satisfied.

Lynne Davies, chief executive of Portsmouth’s CAB, said that since launching the advice centre in April last year, the CAB will have helped close to 1,400 people by April this year.

She added: ‘It has now been confirmed that our funding for the Debt Advice Centre will continue until March 31, 2014, so local people can rest assured that we will be here to help them with their financial challenges and debts.’