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Debt Awareness Week

Debt Awareness Week 2016 ran from Monday 25th to Sunday 31st January - but there is still plenty you can do to take control of your debts ...

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Did you know:

  • 43% of workers say that being in debt has led them to being unable to concentrate at work
  • 2 in 3 workers worry about how they would cope of their income dropped
  • 13 million people couldn't cover essentials for a month if their income fell by 25%
  • 21.8 million people in the UK aren't confident they are saving enough to cope with a 'rainy day'
  • 21 million people in the UK are struggling with their bills
  • 14 million people face a shock to their income or change in their circumstances in the last 12 months

7 days, 7 ways to take control of your debt:

What specific debt and money help is available locally from the Adur and Worthing Financial Inclusion Group (FIG) Partners:

See also:

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Take the 60-second debt test


Sign up to the 7 days, 7 ways email support

If you're feeling the pinch after Christmas we want to help you take control of your finances. To help you to do that, we're launching StepChange's new email programme: 7 Days, 7 Ways - for more information see:

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Money management


Energy & Money Home visitor / Warm and Well visitor covering Adur and Worthing.

Weekly finance drop-in session for over 50s at the Bungalow, South Street, Lancing.

For more information or to book a home visit call:

  • Telephone: 01903 52 86 27

Boom Credit Union:

Boom Credit Union offers affordable loans and savings for all people living and working in West Sussex and is a competitive alternative to high street lenders, including payday loans and mainstream banks.

For more information see:

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Debt and money advice and help

Citizens Advice (CAB):

The West Sussex Citizens Advice Service provides a confidential and impartial service to talk about debt and money.

Phone or drop in and visit one of the local Citizens Advice centres (located in Worthing Town Hall, Lancing Parish Hall and The Shoreham Centre).

The national Citizens Advice Bureau website also contains lots of useful advice and guidance.

Age UK, West Sussex:

Age UK provide a confidential and impartial service specifically aimed to meet the needs of older people.

They cover a range of issues including: benefits, pensions, debt, budgeting, housing needs, finding help at home and accessing care and support.

Outreach appointments and home visits can be arranged.

CAP (Christians Against Poverty):

Local face-to face debt advice for anyone who feels weighed down by debt.

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Other debt and money help available (nationally)

Money Advice Service:

Impartial information and guidance about your money to help you work out what’s right for you. Sponsored by the Government, MAS won’t sell you anything and it doesn’t recommend specific products or providers.


National Debt Charity offering Practical help to becoming debt free including debt advice, budgeting, advice about what creditors can do, debt problems, payday loans and money management advice.


Free Debt Management Plans, IVAs and Free Debt Advice

Frontline Debt Advice (UK):

Offer debt, benefits and budgeting advice.
For local enquiries:

Debt Support Trust:

Offers help and advice to anyone struggling to cope with the stress and strain associated with mounting debts. They offer telephone and internet based debt advice.

A good place to find lots of useful information from central Government on range of topics including:

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