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Newham has highest levels of problem debt in UK

PUBLISHED: 11:34 20 September 2017

8.3 million adults in the UK are living with problem debt. Picture: Yui Mok/PA images

8.3 million adults in the UK are living with problem debt. Picture: Yui Mok/PA images

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Residents in Newham have more problem debt than adults living anywhere else in the country, a survey has revealed.

Research by the Money Advice Service and data specialists CACI found the borough is the UK’s most over-indebted local authority with 22.7 per cent of the population affected.

Over-indebted individuals are defined as those who find meeting monthly bills a heavy burden and/or those who have missed at least three bill payments in a six-month period.

One in six people nationally have financial worries, equivalent to 8.3 million people.

Sheila Wheeler, director of debt at the Money Advice Service said: “Debt is a complex challenge and one that needs a collaborative approach if we are to successfully address it.”

The NGO (non-governmental organisation) plans to tackle the issue with a new strategy including identifying and targeting priority groups who have problem debts.

Have you been affected by debt? Have your say, take our poll.

For advice and support, visit citizensadvice.org.uk

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