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Free support to help manage debt.

Free support to help manage debt.

DAWMonday 16th January was Blue Monday, the start of Debt Awareness Week.

We’re reminding tenants that your rent and utilities should always be your top priority and meeting these payments is important.  If you’re feeling stuck, there is free support available that can help you relieve the pressure.

Together Housing tenant Dave has just done that.  He says getting support is vital: “Debt can really screw you up, and it hurts.  I’d tell anyone who is in debt, get some help and sort it out.” Through work with debt advisors and support from several agencies, Dave has cleared his rent arrears.

Janette Pearce, Group Head of Income at Together Housing, said there is lots of free support available, but that accessing it had to be a priority:  “Our teams, working with many local agencies, have really helped some people turn their fortunes around.  We’ve worked with Yorkshire Water to save tenants who were struggling to pay their water bills nearly £27k last year and our work with the Credit Union has meant many tenants have been able to borrow or even put money aside in a safe, manageable way.

“Debt isn’t something for people to be terrified of, but it’s something they mustn’t ignore.  Our homes are among the most precious things we have, so when we’re juggling money, along with basic food and utilities, rent should always take first place.”

Anyone needing free debt advice can contact National Debtline on 0808 808 400 https://www.nationaldebtline.org/ or StepChange Debt Charity on 0800 138 1111 https://www.stepchange.org/. For advice on debts, budgeting and other financial issues, see the Money Advice Service website - www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk

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