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Consumer Minister Gerry Sutcliffe gave a boost to free debt advice today, opening new premises for National Debtline, and calling on organisations to bid for a share of £45million to fund free, face-to-face debt advice.

National Debtline, which helps 60,000 people a year find a way out of debt, is moving to a bigger premises after taking on 19 new staff. This brings the total number of full time telephone debt advisers to 64, all based at the new centre.

Mr Sutcliffe said:

"As part of the Government's commitment to this work, we have greatly increased our funding for National Debtline to £1.5 million this year, £1.8 million in 2006/7 and £2 million in 2007/8. The finance community is contributing a similar amount over the same period.

"As well as helping to fund new premises, this money has enabled National Debtline to recruit and train more advisors, and in turn help more people find a way out of debt."

Mr Sutcliffe also announced today that the Government is asking charities and other non-profit making organisations to bid for a share of £45m to fund a huge expansion of free face-to-face debt advice in England and Wales.

The money, made available as part of the Treasury's Financial Inclusion Fund, will help recruit and train hundreds of new debt advisers to help people find ways of getting their debts back under control.

The money will be particularly targeted at areas and social groups in England and Wales with high levels of financial exclusion, with priority given to organisations with experience of providing debt advice services.

Mr Sutcliffe said:

"While many people looking for a way out of debt can be helped over the phone, others find it crucial to have face-to-face advice, which is why the Government is funding both types of support.

"Excessive debt can cause misery to families, which is why the Government is committed to tackling over-indebtedness. The £45million fund will make a huge difference to those who are most in need of support."

Chief Executive of National Debtline, Paul Mullins, said:

"The security provided by the public and private sector will allow us to achieve a near four-fold increase in capacity by the end of 2007 and will help to ensure that National Debtline makes a major contribution towards helping those people who find themselves with unmanageable debts."

The expansion in free debt advice is part of the Government's wide-ranging strategy to tackle over-indebtedness, and complements the biggest overhaul of consumer credit laws for 30 years, which is currently underway.

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The doctor broke my arm and then he fixed it, I love him!

Yes it is bizarre that the policies of the government have played a large part in the current debt crisis but rather than change these policies it decides to spend more time and money on the problem it shares responsibility for.

I am not saying that people shouldn't get advice and assistance if they are in debt but what happened to the 'joined up thinking' we were told about?

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Has anyone also noticed how the government at the moment are trying to defer the council tax rebanding and re-evaluating.

Its because they know that if they went ahead and revalued everyones property that many would move into higher bands and their council tax would go up. Even if they didn't move into higher ands the council tax would go up.

Since many already find it difficult to pay this tax. Any change higher would push many people over the edge.

The cliff is very high at the moment and the government are tinckering away at the edges with anything they can influence. :ph34r:

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Financial Instututions "please goverment, give us some taxpayers money to help us get our money back and we will provide some more if the advice is given by people trained by us, in our favour."

I got this chap of bankruptcy recently because the company could not produce a copy of the CCA, yeah he owes the money but they can't prove it, sod em!.

Did CAB or anyone else tell him to ask for it, no, I did!.

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Has anyone also noticed how the government at the moment are trying to defer the council tax rebanding and re-evaluating.

Its because they know that if they went ahead and revalued everyones property that many would move into higher bands and their council tax would go up. Even if they didn't move into higher ands the council tax would go up.

Since many already find it difficult to pay this tax. Any change higher would push many people over the edge.

The cliff is very high at the moment and the government are tinckering away at the edges with anything they can influence. :ph34r:

The proposed council tax reevalution exercise was about the mechanisms of tax collection, not the amount of tax to be collected.

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"As well as helping to fund new premises, this money has enabled National Debtline to recruit and train more advisors, and in turn help more people find a way out of debt."

so thats why the government have encouraged people to get into massive debt - so they can create more jobs advising people how to get out of debt.

I wonder how many of these advisers are in debt?

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The proposed council tax reevalution exercise was about the mechanisms of tax collection, not the amount of tax to be collected.

Could you explain further...and why the government are now trying to defer?

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