Post-Christmas peak for Hemel Hempstead debt help charity as working partnership with JobCentre Plus is announced

Owen and Kerry-Anne Cooper and Mike Wallis of Christians Against Poverty, with Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning and Sharon Lavender, partnership manager at Job Centre Plus Hemel Hempstead.

Owen and Kerry-Anne Cooper and Mike Wallis of Christians Against Poverty, with Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning and Sharon Lavender, partnership manager at Job Centre Plus Hemel Hempstead.

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A debt help charity says February has been its busiest month, with calls up 69 per cent on the same period last year.

According to Christians Against Poverty’s Hemel Hempstead branch manager Owen Cooper, the start of the year brings a flurry of calls from people with problems which may have spiralled over months and years.

He said: “It’s not just a bit of overspending at Christmas. They tend to call in January and February because they can’t face doing so in the days leading up to the festivities and they prefer to sort things when the children are at school.

 

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