People get their money’s worth on advice day

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MANY of us spend money like water.

But when it gets out of control, there is no need to suffer in silence.

Ruth Scott from The Beacon with Havant Mayor Paul Buckley''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132682-1)

Ruth Scott from The Beacon with Havant Mayor Paul Buckley''''Picture: Paul Jacobs (132682-1)

That was the message at Havant Money Fair as dozens of people visited The Beacon, in the Meridian Centre, Havant, to find out about how to save money and tackle debts.

Ruth Scott, community projects manager at The Beacon, which runs a busy food bank, helped to organise the event.

She said: ‘People are reluctant to talk about money, but sometimes there’s a lethargy – they don’t want to face up to things.

‘The idea is to get people before they get into a crisis.

‘With universal credit, people will change from being paid weekly to being paid monthly. People are going to run out of money well before the end of the month.’

Charlene Maines, a mum-of-two, volunteers for Havant Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

She was in debt herself and sought help with her budget.

She said: ‘The more people get into debt, the more pressure they feel. The best thing to do is sit down with an adviser. We can call the companies. Some people are so depressed they can’t even lift up the phone.’

Neil Richardson, a community liaison officer at Southern Electric in Havant, said people can save £200 a year by doing three things – using energy-saving light bulbs, turning heating down by one degree, and not having appliances on standby.

Anthony Macey, from Barclays bank, was handing out ‘spend journals’ that people can stick on their fridges to help manage the household budget.

He said: ‘From our research we found most people guess what they spend their money on, rather than actually knowing.’

Roger Quinton, 67, from Cosham, who visited the fair, said: ‘People don’t talk about money because it’s so personal.

‘You need this sort of thing to bring people out of themselves.’