Debt char­ity work­ers pre­dict busiest week

Sit­u­a­tion ‘pro­vides a snap­shot of how things were sev­eral years ago’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

While the econ­omy in some ar­eas has seen an up­turn, Chris­tians Against Poverty is still hear­ing from thou­sands of peo­ple in des­per­ate cir­cum­stances.

Nigel Gor­don, man­ager of the Amer­sham and Che­sham cen­tre, based at Em­manuel Church, in Broad Street, said: “Most of our clients have been strug­gling with prob­lem debt for more than three years by the time they get in touch with us.

“So what we’re see­ing now re­flects a snap­shot of how things were sev­eral years ago.

“The main thing is, peo­ple are find­ing a way for­ward with a sit­u­a­tion that can seem over­whelm­ing.

“We’ve al­ready seen three peo­ple go debt-free in the past few weeks”

It has been a busy start to the year for CAP na­tion­ally, with 24 per cent more calls for help in Jan­uary 2016 com­pared with Jan­uary 2015.

So far this year, more than 3,000 peo­ple have tele­phoned for help.

CAP in Che­sham is run through a part­ner­ship of sev­eral churches in­clud­ing Em­manuel and King’s churches, in Che­sham and Amer­sham, all of whom wanted to help those in hard­ship in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Ev­ery per­son who calls from the lo­cal area re­ceives a visit to their home from Mr Gor­don.

All the per­son’s pa­per­work, over­due bills and let­ters about ar­rears are then sent to CAP’s head of­fice, where they an­swer each one and be­gin ne­go­ti­a­tions with cred­i­tors.

One client helped by the lo­cal cen­tre de­scribed what CAP’s help was like. He said: “I was grate­ful to see the debt go­ing down and to hand this stress over to some­one else.”

Mr Gor­don added: “Many peo­ple re­ally strug­gle through th­ese first months of the year and com­monly peo­ple feel they should be able to sort out debt prob­lems on their own, which is lonely and fright­en­ing.

“If you’re un­able to sleep at night, wor­ry­ing about money for food or re­ceiv­ing too many calls from peo­ple want­ing money, we are here for you. Give us a call.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ca­puk.org or call 0800 328 0006.

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