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Friday 24 November 2017

Debt fears up 35pc for families at Christmas

THE number of hard-pressed citizens seeking legal advice over debt burdens soared by more than a third in the run-up to Christmas, it has been revealed.

New Beginning, a group of lawyers and businessmen formed to defend ordinary people at risk of losing their homes, said it was getting around 75 phone calls a day -- a 35pc hike from July.

David Hall, one of the founding members, revealed the spike was down to people worrying they could not pay their debts and provide for Christmas.

"People were extremely anxious before Christmas and wondering if action would be taken against them if they were unable to make some of their payments," said Mr Hall.

"They were asking what should they do. Santa Claus has to come, that's very clear. And Santa should come for youngsters."

He said New Beginning advised people that debts would still be there in the new year.

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