#FinCapWeek – Free debt advice available for Apex tenants
Apex tenants throughout Northern Ireland can now avail of free, confidential and impartial debt advice thanks to a new service launched recently by Citizens Advice Bureau and The Money Advice Service.
The new service offers a free phone telephone number, email and face to face advice in local offices. Debt can cause a huge burden on mental health and family life and having access to advice will be of considerable benefit to many of our tenants.
Whether you are in arrears with your rent or struggling with store card / credit card repayments, Citizens Advice Bureau are there to help. You can contact them at the local Citizens Advice offices or by:
Citizens Advice Project Manager Kathy Mc Kenna says:
“Citizens Advice is here to help people find a way forward with their problems. Every year, we help thousands of people with money and debt problems, but we know that many more cannot get the help they need. So we are delighted to be launching this new service with the support of the Money Advice Service.
62% of over indebted people here are in families, but we also know that many students, young workers, older people and those with disabilities are also finding it tough with money. This service is free and is here for everyone.
All our advice is totally free, impartial and confidential. Thousands of people have felt a weight lifted off their shoulders by getting debt help, and we can now help even more. Now is the time for people to take a first step towards a debt free future.”
Money Advice Service Northern Ireland Manager, Janine Maher added:
“We are delighted to be supporting this initiative which will ensure that more people in Northern Ireland can get help with debt worries. Northern Ireland is one of the most vulnerable areas in the UK when it comes to levels of debt so it is vital that help is available for those that need it.
“We know that debt advice works but currently only one in five people with financial difficulties seek advice. We are calling on everyone with problem debt or money worries, no matter how large or small, to access free advice as soon as possible.”
Apex tenants can also speak privately to our Financial Inclusion Officer, Michael Lyttle, on 02871 304 800. Michael can provide assistance and make direct referrals to Citizens Advice Bureau on your behalf.