Warning over debt problem

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DEBT is still a real problem in Portsmouth, a charity has warned.

Figures released by StepChange Debt Charity show that 1,113 people in Portsmouth called its helpline for advice in the first half of 2015 with average debts of £11,456.

The charity’s chief executive, Mike O’Connor, said more than 20 per cent of people were facing financial hardship.

He said: ‘More than 11m people in Britain are now experiencing some financial difficulty and a quarter of those are in severe problem debt.

‘Portsmouth is no exception and although the economy is beginning to recover, millions of households remain vulnerable to shocks to their income over the next year.’

The charity’s debt advice line is 0800 138 1111.