Rise in number of people in Northampton seeking help for debt problems


The number of people seeking help for debt problems in Northampton has risen by 40 per cent in 12 months.

New figures, released by the charity StepChange revealed last year 1,662 Northampton residents contacted the charity’s helpline. This compares to 1,186 in 2012.

StepChange says people contacting the charity are, on average, £7 short of covering their essential household bills each month.

Charity chief executive Mike O’Connor said: “Debt can have a devastating effect on people’s lives in the form of mental health issues and family breakdown.

“We need people to take early action to prevent some of the worst effects and get back on their financial feet much sooner.”

Last year, people from the Northampton area who contacted the charity’s helpline, owed an average of £13,880 in unsecured debt.