The importance of discussing and dealing with debt

Increasing numbers of people have 'problem debt' – but there are ways to tackle it

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More than 10,000 people entered insolvency in February, a 23% increase year-on-year
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Record numbers of UK households are struggling with debt and in urgent need of help with their finances.

New research by campaign group Debt Justice found that 13% of the population – equivalent to 6.7 million people – have missed three or more credit or bill payments during the past six months. The group is calling on political parties to help "everyone weighed down by unmanageable debt" by providing "protection from debt collector harassment and guaranteeing decent incomes for all".

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