A crucial Clitheroe service is increasing its skilled advice team to support people facing debt problems.
Staff at Ribble Valley Citizens Advice Bureau are on hand to get people, who are struggling financially with debt, back in control and make a difference to their lives.
Manager, Katy Marshall, explains it is a necessary for people facing a debt crisis to get in touch: “We provide one-to-one support for people to gain control over their financial situation.
“This is the bread and butter of our work here. We check people are in receipt of all the income they are entitled to and discuss money pressure. Rescheduling debt repayments is an important part of money management. We find that some people are not aware of priority and secondary debts, it is true, some debts are more important than others and we can assist to get things in order to put you back in control.”
Katy explains anxiety and stress over money causes serious health problems and relationship breakdown: “The evidence for this is now well established. If people come forward to get support to deal with their debts, not only do they benefit, but there is an all round positive impact on the household and the wider community.”
Debt caseworker supervisor, Gill Hesketh, who is qualified to act as an intermediary to gain Debt Relief Orders at the Clitheroe office, said: “This is very positive work, which can really change lives. Come in or call, we will have a short discussion about the situation, start to gather information. Many people are worried at this stage, but we will have seen greater problems, I assure you! The most responsible way of dealing with money problems is to get free, independent advice so there is nothing to be ashamed of, it is a question of taking stock to get back in control.” Katy and Gill are concerned that some people in need may not be aware of the support available locally and urge them to contact 01200 428966 or drop in to Citizens Advice on Wesleyan Row, Parson Lane.