Citizens Advice Bureaux has been awarded £33m over two years to provide face-to-face debt advice to tens of thousands more people.
The extra money will make it possible for Citizens Advice to recruit and train an additional 370 full-time specialist debt advisers, which will mean around 100,000 more people on very low incomes and facing serious debt problems can be helped through in-depth casework.
The funding comes from the government’s £45m Financial Inclusion Fund and nearly 200 bureaux across England and Wales will be involved, many of them working with other free, independent advice providers such as Advice UK.
David Harker, Citizens Advice chief executive, says: “Day in, day out, our advisers see evidence of how personal debt problems are overwhelming large numbers of people, with potentially devastating personal and social consequences, including a hugely detrimental impact on people’s health, homes, family life and ability to work.
"That’s why we are absolutely thrilled by this news, which represents a real vote of confidence in the debt advice already done by the Citizens Advice Bureau network.”
The network in England and Wales dealt with 1.25 million new debt problems in 2004/05 and the number of consumer debt problems seen by the bureaux has almost doubled since 1997.
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