Dramatic increase in debt across Bexley, Gravesend and Dartford
PUBLISHED: 18:06 06 October 2014 | UPDATED: 18:06 06 October 2014
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The charity StepChange says that people need to face up to the problem
Large swathes of Bexley, Gravesend and Dartford have seen a dramatic surge in the levels of debt recently, according to the debt charity StepChange.
In the first six months of this year, the charity reported that it received calls from 791 residents in the Dartford postcode area, who were seeking debt advice from the charity’s helpline. That was compared to the same period last year, when the helpline only took 610, an increase of 30 percent.
In the first six months of this year, the people of Dartford who contacted the charity owed an average of £13,025 in unsecured debt including credit cards, personal loans and overdrafts. The figures are being released as part of the charity’s Need to Sleep campaign. The campaign aims to encourage people to recognise the impact long-term sleeplessness has on their well-being and address the root cause by seeking help with their money problems.
Mike O’Connor, chief executive of StepChange Debt Charity, said: “Many people are plagued with severe financial worries that can have a huge impact on their health, relationships and even their ability to simply get a good night’s sleep.
“All too often, people face their debt burden alone, which can worsen the pressure and anxiety they are feeling. We would encourage anyone who is struggling with debt to take that first crucial step and seek free, confidential advice from StepChange Debt Charity.”