Burnley debt charity urges people to get help to pay bills

The Burnley branch of the free debt charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) is urging people to get help as soon as possible if they are struggling to pay their bills.
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The CAP Debt Centre has been operating out of the St Leonard’s Church, Padiham, for over a year and has found that the dark, dismal days of winter can be exacerbated by money worries.

John Graver CAP Debt Centre manager, said: “We’ve all gone through a time of immense pressure due to the coronavirus pandemic, so we want people here in Burnley to know that if this has affected you financially, you don’t need to struggle alone.

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“CAP is here on your doorstep ready to help ease the burden of money worries."


It can be especially hard in February and March when it’s colder and darker and when the bills start to come in but there’s still a long wait for payday.

John added: “It’s not just credit card debts that we’re seeing, it’s also council tax debts, energy arrears and people struggling with basic living costs, trying to feed their families.

“We want people to know that there is no judgement - people can be in debt through all sorts of reasons such as low income, job loss, bereavement, illness - whatever the reason we’re here to help completely free of charge.”

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Eric, a former CAP client said about getting help from CAP: “It’s made a massive difference. Now I feel in control, I don’t have to choose between petrol, food, heating.”

If you are struggling with debt and need help, get in contact with CAP today on 0800 328 0006 or visit capuk.org.