Annual debt crisis puts pressure on help group

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CHARITY workers are facing cries for help from people struggling to cope with post-Christmas debt.

Christians Against Poverty, which runs debt centres in Southsea and Gosport, said it received 479 pleas for help in just one week of January from people hit by debt.

Centre manager Sandra Snell said this was the busiest time of year for debt help.

Ms Snell said: ‘We see a rise in calls during January and February because most people can’t face tackling their finances after Christmas.’

Ms Snell said job loss and relationship breakdown often led to years of debt.

After receiving a call for help, the charity sends a ‘debt coach’ to visit a person in need and offer advice.

The charity negotiates with each creditor on behalf of the client and draws up a budget to begin to repay what is owed.

Ms Snell said: ‘Anyone having sleepless nights, unable to afford the basics or worried about meeting their rent or mortgage should call us.’

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