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Thousands to get free debt help on #DebtDay

January can be a particularly tough month if you’re in debt. Right now, people up and down the country are receiving their first credit card statements after Christmas and payday still seems a long way away.

If debt is affecting you, you don’t have to suffer alone. Even if you feel it’s too late, there’s always something that can be done and talking to an advisor can help you stop yourself getting into a debt spiral. 

We asked Laura Davies, who works for StepChange Debt Charity, the UK’s leading debt advice charity, to tell us a bit more about why Monday is an important day for them and what to do if you’re struggling with money yourself. 

Busiest day for debt advice

We predict that today will be our busiest day of the year.

On Monday alone, we’re expecting over 20,000 people will turn to StepChange for debt advice over the phone or online, reporting £50m worth of debt.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are 21m people around the UK struggling to pay their bills, but not everyone knows where to turn for help.

That’s why we want to let as many people as possible know that free debt advice is available, right when they need it most.

We offer expert, tailored advice and practical solutions to those affected with problem debt so if you feel you are affected, please get in touch.


How #DebtDay can help you

As part of this, we’re running a #DebtDay social media event, showing 12 hours in the life of the UK’s leading debt charity.

On #DebtDay, we’re opening the doors to StepChange Debt Charity, reporting on the total amount of debt we’re dealing with, and sharing photos, videos and stories from our frontline advisors. Our clients, charity partners and colleagues are all getting involved to help spread the message online, and we’d love to have you on board too!

Can you support #DebtDay?

It’s really easy to spread the message about free debt advice! All you need to do is sign up to our Thunderclap campaign and join the hundreds of other people who have already pledged their support.

Thunderclap allows us to send out a mass message via Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr. Simply visit our Thunderclap campaign page and choose the social media account you’d like our message to be posted from.

At 8.30 on Monday, our one-off message will be posted on your social media account automatically. 

It only takes 30 seconds to change someone’s life: that’s how long it takes to spread the word about free debt advice. And you never know who you might be helping. You could reach a friend or family member without even realising they’re struggling with debt.

You can follow all the goings on by searching for the hashtag #DebtDay and by following @StepChange and @MoneyAware on Twitter, or StepChange Debt Charity and MoneyAware on Facebook. Give us a like, comment or share to show your support!

This guest post is from StepChange Debt Charity and doesn’t necessarily reflect the views of the Money Advice Service. You can find out more about Stepchange and what they do on their website, and also find out more about getting involved in #DebtDay today.


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  • lynn wilson / 17 January 2016

    It's all about looking at what you have coming in and what you have going out. The bills I have are all paid by direct debit. For example if house insurance is up to renew and it's gone up , just ring and just say I can't afford the new figure and say nothing has change but there must be a magic button that will reduce, it has worked for me in the past. I had to do this before christmas with my gas and electric supplier, after 3 calls and 4 different people they kept it at the orignal cost.