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Blue Monday sees launch of new debt advice service

The third Monday in January has the gloomy title of Blue Monday. The point in time is named when a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and seasonal debts start to take their toll.

A new free debt advice service has been launched by The Wrekin Housing Group to help its customers to manage their finances and feel relief from the stress of debt.
Understanding that dealing with debt can have an enormous impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing, Wrekin are launching their new service to help customers and staff.

Wrekin Debt Advice offer free, impartial and confidential advice to support people with debt issues. Fully regulated by the Financial Conduct authority (FCA) and affiliated with Community Money Advice the service will help people to find solutions that suit them and also contact and work with creditors to give breathing space.

Debt advisor, Dan Bebbington explains, “It’s easy to overspend at Christmas and be in the red come January. If you’re struggling with mounting debt, don’t be tempted to borrow from a high cost lender.

A change in circumstances such as moving onto Universal Credit can have a big impact on finances and unfortunately bills can quickly become unmanageable. There is always something that can be done to help, no matter how deep a problem becomes. No one needs to struggle alone with debt.”

Dealing with debt can make people feel stressed, anxious and worried about the future, especially if they are struggling to pay for everyday things like housing, food, heating or medication. Wrekin’s Debt advisors are trained in Mental Health First Aid, and can help identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue due to their debt problems.

Wrekin Debt Advice offers local appointments across Shropshire and Staffordshire for customers of The Wrekin Housing Group contact Wrekin Debt Advice direct on 01952 217251 or ask their local housing team to be referred.

Free advice is also available to everyone from Step Change, Citizens Advice Bureau and The National Debtline - 0808 808 4000.

17th January 2020