Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Debt Hotspots in the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Debt Hotspots in the North

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THREE North East boroughs are among the top nationwide "debt hotspots" where the highest concentrations of people are seeking help from Citizens Advice.

The charity, which has helped almost half a million people with debt over the last year, made the hotspot findings after analysing the cries for help with debt that it received across England and Wales between July and September.

The charity dealt with 405 clients in Denbighshire between July and September, equating to 0.54% of the adult population there, making this area of North Wales the biggest debt hotspot, Citizens Advice found.

Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales was second on the list, with 248 clients helped between July and September, equating to 0.53% of the local population.

South Tyneside (0.5%) was fourth, Darlington fifth on 0.49% and North Tyneside seventh on 0.48%.

It is also seeing evidence that the reasons why people are sinking into levels of debt that they cannot cope with are changing. …

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