Leeds debt helpline sees spike in calls

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MORE people than ever are turning to a Leeds-based charity for debt help.

The news comes after the YEP revealed yesterday that Leeds has the third highest levels of inequality in the UK, with a huge gulf between the rich and those on the breadline.

Christians Against Poverty (CAP), which runs three centres in Leeds, said it expects to receive more calls for help than ever before in the coming weeks.

Leeds city centre manager, Gwen Procter, said: “We see a rise in calls during January and February because most people can’t face tackling their finances before Christmas.”

The charity receives the most calls for debt help on the second Monday in February, which this year lands on February 9.

In the first week of 2015, CAP received 479 calls for debt help, and the Leeds city centre branch is currently booked up until mid-March.

Gwen added: “Every week, the busiest day for debt help calls is a Monday, when people have had time over the weekend to resolve to seek help.

“Four in ten people believe that no one can help them with their debts, according to some research we’ve done.

“It can feel like you’ve hit a brick wall but we see ‘impossible’ situations where people get their debts cleared.

“There are people to help and it can get sorted, however complicated or dire it seems.

“Anyone having sleepless nights, unable to afford the basics or worried about meeting their rent or mortgage should call us and see how we can help.”

For more, all Christians Against Poverty on 0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org.