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DEBT ADVICE BOOST

Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe gave a boost to free debt advice today, opening new premises for National Debtline, and calling on organisations to bid for a share of £45million to fund free, face-to-face debt advice.

Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe gave a boost to free debt advice today, opening new premises for National Debtline, and calling on organisations to bid for a share of £45million to fund free, face-to-face debt advice.

National Debtline, which helps 60,000 people a year find a way out of debt, is moving to a bigger premises after taking on 19 new staff. This brings the total number of full time telephone debt advisers to 64, all based at the new centre.

Mr Sutcliffe said:

"As part of the Government's commitment to this work, we have greatly increased our funding for National Debtline to £1.5 million this year, £1.8 million in 2006/7 and £2 million in 2007/8. The finance community is contributing a similar amount over the same period.

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