Debt is really nobody’s friend, so if one of your nearest and dearest is having a hard time on the debt front, you should do your all to give them a helping hand before they reach for the phone-book and enlist the help of costly debt advisors.
Debt charity Consumer Credit Counselling Service gives can be a vital lifeline to those indebt and is anxious that people know it. To that end, the CCCS is stressing the role of family and friends in raising awareness of what is available.
Delroy Corinaldi, CCCS External Affairs Director, says: ‘The next year will be very difficult for many people and I am concerned that those struggling with debt will end up being charged for debt advice because they are unaware that free advice and support is available.
’It is crucial that people understand the role they can play in helping their friends and family who are struggling with debt by making them aware of free sources of advice such as CCCS, National Debtline and Citizens Advice.’
If you’re struggling with debt, call the CCCS freephone helpline on 0800 138 1111from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday.