Free, confidential debt advice is available now
Families, individuals and business owners based across the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area experiencing debt or financial issues are being urged to connect with the free and confidential support available to them.
The pandemic has created a climate for debt. Since March 2020, the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) has recorded over 10,000 proposed redundancies, its highest annual total on record.
In addition, the unemployment rate rose to 3.6% in the last quarter of 2020 and many households are turning to benefits for the first time, with the claimant count currently at over 60,000.
Advice NI, Northern Ireland’s largest advice network, is comprised of 69 member organisations. Any individual or business in the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council area in need of financial advice, particularly when it comes to navigating debt, is encouraged to contact either of the following member organisations who are involved in providing debt advice:
Community Advice Causeway, 2nd Floor, CRUN Building, 1-5 Brook Street, Coleraine, BT52 1PW.
Limavady Community Development Initiative, Roe Valley Hospital, 24D Benevenagh Drive, Limavady, BT49 0AQ.
Community Advice Causeway’s Annmarie O’Donnell said: “The burden of debt is being shouldered by more people than ever before. The pandemic has prompted circumstances to change, with many households falling into arrears in housing costs and being unable to pay their basic bills.
“However, solutions and support are available. Our highly trained Specialist Debt Advisers are here to talk through your situation, provide you with options and help you through the process of becoming debt-free. We advised and helped 418 people with over £2.5m debt in Causeway Coast and Glens during 2020.
“Our service always offers free, confidential, non-judgmental and quality advice.
“If you are struggling with debt during the pandemic and this extended lockdown, you don’t have to face it alone. You can contact us by calling 02870344817.”
Advice NI and its member network across Northern Ireland dealt with over half a million enquiries in 2019/20. During 2020, its debt service dealt with over £28m of debt in more than 7,500 agreements and anticipates that 2021 is set to be an equally challenging year for people, with the effects of the pandemic still being felt.
These free, confidential, and impartial Debt & Money services are funded by the Department for Communities and ultimately aim to help clients to ‘free their future,’ supporting them to address their financial issues head on.
Seek advice quickly; Don’t ignore the problem; Create a monthly budget; Contact your lenders. For more debt advice, contact: https://www.adviceni.net/