Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Thousands turn to advice body over soaring debts

The number of people in Northern Ireland seeking help from the Citizens Advice Bureau after getting into financial difficulty rose by nearly 80% in the last year, it has been revealed.

Nearly 2,500 approached CAB for the first time during the year to April and in the three months to June over 500 more sought help.

Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster highlighted the figures while reinforcing her commitment to help those burdened with debt.

Addressing the NI Discussion Forum's annual conference, she said: “The economic downturn is being felt right across Northern Ireland and its effects are making debt one of the most serious and damaging problems affecting the community.”

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