Shock report shows thousands in South Cumbria are snared in £21m debt trap
Last updated at 13:55, Tuesday, 12 August 2014
THOUSANDS of families in the South Cumbria area are caught in a £20.7m debt trap, according to new figures.
Research by charities The Children’s Society and StepChange Debt Charity shows an estimated 1,588 families, including 2,748 children, in the Barrow and Furness parliamentary constituency, are facing “problem debt” and struggling to meet household bills and repayments.
The estimated total debt owed by families in Barrow and Furness is £7,384,982.
In Copeland almost a quarter of all families were struggling with debt worth an estimated £8,980,394, whereas 1,009 families in Westmorland and Lonsdale were struggling to pay off £4.6m.
Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock said: “These figures show just how badly debt is impacting on the lives of many young people. I am proud that local people are pulling together through things like supporting the food bank and alternatives to high-cost credit, but people will struggle until we make this an economic recovery for the many.
“In Furness, it is important to make sure that local families are able to take advantage of the new jobs and opportunities coming to the area.”
The charities’ report, The Debt Trap: Exposing the impact of problem debt on children, claims family debt causes children to suffer from worry and anxiety, experience bullying and miss out on essentials.
Councillor Anne Burns, cabinet member for children’s services at Cumbria County Council and borough and county councillor for Hindpool, said: “I know how hard it is and I feel very sorry for families in this situation.
“I know it’s hard when children need things and Christmas comes around but they need to stop what they are doing and seek advice.”
“We have invested heavily in the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and the credit unions which can help.”
Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children’s Society, said: “Families in the North West are increasingly relying on debt as a way to make ends meet – but we’re in danger of ignoring the impact this is having on children.
“We cannot allow children to pay the price of debt.”
Mr Reed said families with little savings are vulnerable to unexpected financial setbacks, which can tip them into debt traps.
Anyone struggling with debt can contact Barrow CAB on 01229 831 715.
First published at 13:51, Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Cumbria rescuers called to 69-year-old man stuck on mountain
- Warning of traders selling mattresses door to door in Barrow
- Five parents faced ‘home alone’ probe in Cumbria
- Cumbria victim attacked as she breastfed baby
- Barrow children paid tribute to caretaker who died from a brain tumour
- Ulverston gala event provides fitting end to Cumbria music festival
- Number of recorded rapes up by more than half in Cumbria
- Big swing would be required for red seat to change colour
- Curbing violence is key aim at Cumbria prison
- Otter found in Cumbria puddle is now doing swimmingly
- Edmo: Barrow AFC can handle the pressure
- Edgy Barrow AFC draw a blank against Bradford Park Avenue (5 comments)
- Walney Central move to top of table after home win
- Barrow boxer Liam has to settle for a draw
- Late goal sees Kirkby United book place in trophy final
- Edgy Barrow AFC draw a blank against gutsy Bradford
- Edmo urges Barrow AFC fans to raise the volume (1 comment)
- Loan ace in line to earn permanent Barrow AFC switch
- Casson confident over Barrow AFC title bid
- Wilson hails Barrow AFC squad strength
Visit our websites for...
- BT leave me without broadband or TV for a week (2 comments)
- Condolences for Cumbrian business woman duped woman out of £100,000 savings
- Windermere school bully bites victim’s nose at club
- Foot of ice on the lake
- Memorial for tragic cocklers
- Keswick to Barrow 2012 - Go the distance
- UPDATE: Barrow police search for missing woman
Great Daffodil appeal 2015
Homes and gardens 21
Power to switch
Walk to remember
Choosing a secondary school
To save our contact details direct to your smartphone simply scan this QR code
|Evening Mail Going Out|