Portsmouth church gives free Christmas debt advice

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PEOPLE with debt problems are being offered advice and counselling by a church.

The Family Church in Stubbington Avenue, Portsmouth, has set up the course in time for people to plan for Christmas, a time when they traditionally increase their debt.

The course has been developed by the charity Christians Against Poverty.

Co-ordinator Simon Smith said: ‘The problem with most budgets is they don’t work.

‘They look at a typical month’s spending, but we don’t spend by the month – what about car expenses, annual holidays and of course Christmas presents?

‘Just a little common sense and a few money management tips can enable people to live within their means, increase their savings and ultimately put them in control of their personal finances.’

The course is run over three consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning November 16 and is run by experienced advisors and one to one advice is available.

Places are limited so visit Capmoney.org to register or call (023) 9266 2257.