Debt charity StepChange has launched Debt Awarness Week to raise awareness of problem debt and remind people that free, impartial advice is available.
This year’s event comes as Britain marks the anniversary of its first national lockdown, with the Coronavirus pandemic having had a devastating effect on the finances of many people across the country.
The theme for this year’s Debt Awareness Week is encouraging people to take #TheFirstStep towards getting debt help, by opening up the conversation around debt and removing the stigma that can surround financial problems.
While some in the country are looking forward to a brighter future post-lockdown, others are seriously worried about their job and housing security.
StepChange hopes to encourage anyone worried about their pandemic debts to take the first step towards recovering from a difficult year.
Richard Lane, Director of External Affairs at StepChange said: “This Debt Awareness Week, we’re focusing on breaking down the stigma that surrounds debt, opening up the conversation and encouraging people to take #TheFirstStep towards resolving their money worries.
“With the week also marking a year since lockdown began in England and Wales, and 2.5 million people facing a financial crisis due to the impacts of coronavirus, it’s more important than ever that households across the country know where to get help. You are not alone.
“You can help this week by spreading the word, talking to your friends about any worries they may have, and, if you are struggling with your finances right now, by taking #TheFirstStep towards your financial recovery by getting in contact with StepChange for free, expert debt advice.”
For free debt support and advice visit the StepChange website or call the helpline on 0800 138 1111.
Call the council’s dedicated Financial Advice line on 0151 443 3300 to find out more about free sources of money and debt advice, and credit unions or visit the Knowsley Council website for more advice on money, benefits and dealing with debt.
Citizens Advice Knowsley
The Big Help Project
Knowsley charity the Big Help Project offer the Jubilee Debt Advice service to support people with their debt issues. Contact them via the online form or call 0151 482 6089.