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Increasing demand for debt advice services – Tuesday 6 January 2009

Government funded face to face debt advice services have helped over 100,000 people in 2008, and the national telephone debt advice line has seen a significant increase in demand for advice.

Calls to the Government funded debt advice telephone service, the National Debtline, have increased by 40% since 2007. The charity now receives approximately 23,000 calls a month (November 08) compared to 16,000 during 2007.

In the recent Pre Budget Report the Government announced an additional £5.85 million for the National Debtline advisory service to help cope with the additional demand.

Chief Executive of National Debtline, Paul Mullins said:

"Thanks to additional funding (£5.85 million funding over two years) from HM Treasury we are currently recruiting for advisers, managers and support staff on both National Debtline and Business Debtline. No previous experience of giving debt advice is necessary as we provide a full training programme. There have been various large scale redundancies announced in the West Midlands and it is important that people know that there is support and advice available, including various job opportunities."

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