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.
“We want to hear from people who have lost track of their debts and are suffering sleepless nights. Our service is ideally placed for them.”
Town MP Mike Penning has also met with Mr Cooper as well as CAP money coaches Mike Wallis and Kerry-Anne Cooper to learn about how the charity and the town’s JobCentre Plus are working together to help people with money management.
Mr Penning said: “I am really pleased that CAP Money is now working together with JobCentre Plus. The CAP Money team’s management courses and the CAP Debt Centre already do tremendous work all across the borough. This is a really worthwhile project.”
CAP’s Mr Wallis said: “If you know how to save and budget effectively, it can have a hugely positive impact on the whole family. With the pressures of increasing household bills people are feeling the squeeze on their disposable incomes, so we need to make the most of what money we have in order to get through these tough times.”