Response to new report from Citizens Advice Scotland
10 June 2009
In response to the publication of a new report today (Wednesday) by Citizens Advice Scotland, which shows that increasing numbers of Scots are 'drowning in debt', Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said:
'This report shows that, shockingly, numbers of people with personal debt problems have more than doubled over the past five years. For many households struggling with money problems there is a tragic story of family breakdown and crisis. Everything possible must be done to prevent this.
'Debt and money issues are the number one reason people approach Shelter Scotland for help when faced with losing their home. It is vital that the Scottish and UK Government’s take action to address the high levels of household debt, otherwise the number of households facing homelessness in Scotland will continue to grow.
'Shelter Scotland urges anyone facing debt or housing issues to seek advice as early as possible. Go to www.shelter.org.uk/getadvice for practical advice such as our six steps to keeping your home , call our helpline on 0808 800 4444 or contact your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau.'
Notes to editors
- Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity, which offers advice and support to people in need, has six steps to helping you to keep your home, whether you’re facing repossession or eviction.