Budget health checks for Debt Awareness Week

Budget health checks are being offered to Charnwood residents who are worried about making ends meet.

Charnwood Borough Council is supporting Debt Awareness Week (20th – 26th January 2014) – a new national campaign from StepChange Debt Charity to get people talking about the money worries that keep them awake at night.

The Council has teamed up with the Money Advice Service (MA) to offer one-to-one appointments during Debt Awareness week and every other Thursday after that, between 9am and 5pm at the Council offices, Southfield Road, Loughborough.

The sessions are open to anyone but with a particular focus on tenants with rent arrears and those on benefits.

In addition to the MA appointments, tenants worried about debt can get help and advice by calling 01509 634879.

Cllr Jenny Bokor, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services, said: “Money worries can be a big problem for many people, and the Council works with partners to offer as much help and advice as it can.

“These sessions will help people to take steps to get out of debt, to claim any benefits they’re entitled to and to reduce the stress that comes with debt.”

Anyone who wishes to make an appointment can call on 01509 634 666. Alternatively call StepChange Debt Charity on 0800 138 1111.