Advice NI’s local office can help with debt

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ARE you struggling with debt? Help is at hand.

Advice NI and Debt Action NI are delighted to announce the funding for a new integrated Debt Action NI service that will offer more accessible debt advice services to people worried about their money and experiencing financial difficulties. The service which is free, confidential and independent.

Debt Action NI advisers can help people cope with everyday financial struggles. They can assist with maximising income, budgeting and working out how much money is available to pay debts and which debts need to paid first.

They can contact creditors and try and get them to freeze interest, waive charges and accept realistic repayment offers. Depending on the client circumstances they can support with and advise on the range of debt relief options including Debt Relief Orders and IVA’s.

They can also help in cases where an individual is at risk of eviction or has received a repossession order on their property.

Bob Strong, Advice NI Chief Executive, said “we are delighted to be able to make this valuable service available across the Causeway Council area. Our advisers are professionally trained and will support people to find the best option to deal with their debts.

“We urge anyone who is finding it hard to cope with their financial situation to get in touch. Our service is completely free and confidential.

Anyone who wants to talk about and get advise on managing their money and debts can contact our Freephone helpline on 0800 917 4607 to speak directly to an adviser.

They can also log onto our dedicated website, www.debtaction-ni.net to send an appointment request or speak with a virtual adviser.

You can also text ‘Action’ to 81025 and an adviser will call them back or they can contact their local adviser, Annmarie O’Donnell, telephone 028 70342966, she is located at West Bann Development in Coleraine. The office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 12.30pm, Friday 1pm to 4.30pm.