Citizens Advice Northern Ireland and the Money Advice Service are launching a new Debt Advice service for people across Northern Ireland who need help with their debt problems. The service is available via phone, email and face to face appointments and can be accessed through any of the 30 frontline Citizens Advice offices across the region.
Citizens Advice Northern Ireland Executive Director, Pól Callaghan said:
“Citizens Advice is here to help people find a way forward with their problems. Every year, we help thousands of people with money and debt problems, but we know that many more cannot get the help they need. So we are delighted to be launching this new service with the support of the Money Advice Service. This bank holiday weekend, many people will be thinking of their debt problems – this is a May Day call for the 26 000 people we know are looking for help. We can help you to find a way through.
62% of over indebted people here are in families, but we also know that many students, young workers and older people are also finding it tough with money. This service is here for everyone. We have designed a service available to people when they need it, how they need it.
All our advice is totally free, impartial and confidential. Thousands of people have felt a weight lifted off their shoulders by getting debt help, and we can now help even more. Now is the time for people to take a first step towards a debt free future.”
Money Advice Service Northern Ireland Manager, Janine Maher added:
“We are delighted to be supporting this initiative which will ensure that more people in Northern Ireland can get help with debt worries. Northern Ireland is one of the most vulnerable areas in the UK when it comes to levels of debt so it is vital that help is available for those that need it.
“We know that debt advice works but currently only one in five people with financial difficulties seek advice. We are calling on everyone with problem debt or money worries, no matter how large or small, to access free advice as soon as possible.”