About Debt Awareness Week

Debt Awareness Week: 26 Jan-1 Feb

Debt Awareness Week: 26 Jan-1 Feb

Here’s Rachel Connor from Stepchange.org with a guest blog post to help introduce and explain more about Debt Awareness Week. 

StepChange Debt Charity wants you to take control of debt!
Personal debt is a cause of worry for millions across the UK, and it’s estimated that some 2.9 million people desperately need debt advice right now*. The trouble is that many people who are struggling simply don’t know where to start. They may not even know that free debt advice is available to them.

Monday 26 January will see the launch of StepChange Debt Charity’s second annual Debt Awareness Week. During this week, we’ll encourage people to get free debt advice as soon as they need it.

Free debt advice you can trust
StepChange Debt Charity have provided free debt advice to millions of Brits, and have been doing so for over 20 years. They give confidential debt advice over the telephone via a dedicated team of debt advisors, as well as their online advice tool Debt Remedy.

For last year’s Debt Awareness Week campaign, StepChange urged people to look out for the danger signs of debt. Advisors around the charity shared some of the most common signs of a debt problem based on the help they give to thousands every day. StepChange also launched a debt danger sign tool to help a person identify danger signs of debt before they get out of hand.

The total debt that was dealt with during last year’s Debt Awareness Week clocked in at £266,382,262. This was just the debt that StepChange had been made aware of; how much debt wasn’t being dealt with and steadily getting worse over time?

Introducing 7 Days, 7 Ways
When a person considers getting debt advice, a lot of questions can crop up. What kind of questions will I be asked? Who can I trust? How do I find out what’s on my credit report?

7 Days, 7 Ways aims to answer all these questions and more. Launching as part of Debt Awareness Week, it’s an easy-to-follow programme that’ll help people take control of their debts. To take part, simply sign up using the link above.

The @ExperianExperts Twitter takeover!
On Friday 30 January at 12:30pm, Experian Experts will take over @MoneyAware, the Twitter account of the StepChange Debt Charity blog. For one hour they will be on hand to answer a whole range of questions, from improving your credit rating to smart ways to protect yourself from identity fraud.

2 thoughts on “About Debt Awareness Week

  1. Shirley lewis

    I’ve been with xxxxxxxxxx for three years. First they take £25 admin fee last year they increase it to £59. I’m scared to go somewhere else

    Reply
    1. Rachel from StepChange Debt Charity

      Hi there, thanks for getting in touch.

      A debt management plan (DMP) is not a legally binding arrangement and you are within your rights to consider other options and see if something else is more suitable. As a debt advice charity, we also offer debt management plans but we don’t charge any fees for this service.

      We can take a look at your current situation and give you some free and confidential debt advice. If we are able to offer you a debt management plan with us, we will talk you through the process and give you all the help and support you need. You can also get face-to-face debt advice from your local Citizens Advice office.

      If you would like to find out more about us, please visit the ‘How We Can Help You’ page on our website: http://www.stepchange.org/Howwecanhelpyou.aspx

      Our online advice tool Debt Remedy can help you put together a personal action plan in just 20 minutes: http://www.stepchange.org/Debtremedy.aspx

      I hope this helps

      Best regards

      Rachel

      Reply

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