Bristol Debt Advice Centre says it is under threat

A financial advice centre in Bristol which helps people with debt problems says the service is under threat due to funding cuts.

The Bristol Debt Advice Centre said it had given free advice to more than 10,000 people in the past five years.

The centre leads the local Financial Inclusion Fund (FIF) project which is funded by the government, but this funding is due to end in March.

It said its service was vital as more people faced benefit cuts.

Sim Illyas, from the centre, said: "If a future for the FIF project is not secured, the remaining provision for face-to-face advice locally and nationally is simply insufficient, when the current number of clients and the forecasted increases are considered.

"It is therefore vital that the government addresses this issue urgently and proactively.

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