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16 June 2010, 13:14 | Updated: 16 June 2010, 13:16
In response to high levels of personal debt, a church in Bedford is setting up a free debt counselling service.
Grace Community Church in Kempston is working with national charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to help local people get on top of their finances and repay debt.
It’s available to members of the local community, regardless of religious belief, and debt advisors will negotiate with creditors to work out a realistic budget.
The CAP Account acts as a simple bank account to help people pay their priority debts and the insolvency service provides a solution to those who, even with careful budgeting, would be facing a life sentence of debt repayments.
Matt Barlow, UK CEO, Christians Against Poverty, said: "We are thrilled to open our latest centre in Bedford as the UK continues to battle against the increasing tide of personal debt."
Heather, CAP Centre Manager in Bedford, said: "Debt is an increasing problem in our society but individuals can receive the help and support they need through Christians Against Poverty's work.
"The worst thing someone in debt can do is stay silent, so I would urge anyone in financial difficulty in the area to contact me on 0800 328 0006. Being in debt is nothing to be ashamed of and I know we can work together to provide a lasting solution."
Heather is already taking clients – if you want to get on the list then call the national helpline 0800 328 0006 and they will make an appointment at the Bedford centre.